The Zoological Collections comprise more than 250,000 specimens, including some 1,000 type specimens. Many extinct and endangered species are represented within the collections, including the most complete remains of a dodo in the world. Notable collections include those of Thomas Bell, William Burchell, and Charles Darwin. Of particular significance are:
The shell of the Indian star tortoise
- Australasian mammals
- William Burchell's collections
- Charles Darwin's crustacea
- William Turton's mollusc collection
Staff maintain an active acquisition policy, and recent field work has promoted a significant expansion of the invertebrate collections.
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Davies, K. C. and Hull, J. 1976. The Zoological Collections of the Oxford University Museum
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