Collecting natural rarities
Many large and exotic creatures were difficult to collect, transport and preserve. Parts of animals often had to represent the whole. The hide of a crocodile  and the head of a turtle  could be recognised, but the tooth of an elephant  might be less familiar.
The early Keepers of the Ashmolean Museum were active researchers in natural history. A fossil sea urchin  described by Robert Plot, the very first Keeper, is now named after him.
- Items from the Tradescant and Early Ashmolean Collections Exhibited in MHS
- Inventory no. 36880 - Former Display Label