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"Under that, the miscellany began—a quadrant, a tin canikin, several sticks of tobacco, two brace of very handsome pistols, a piece of bar silver, an old Spanish watch [...], and five or six curious West Indian shells. I have often wondered since why he should have carried about these shells with him in his wandering, guilty, and hunted life." - R. L. Stevenson, Treasure Island, 1883

This gallery displays a selection of shell specimens found by explorer naturalists and other collectors who contributed to the field of conchology.

The Gallery of Historic Fossils displays a selection of mementos of the Earth's deep past, including fossils, rocks, manuscripts, photographs and other artifacts. After a description of the Fossil Record, we move to the place of Man in it, going from the Anthropocene to the Antediluvian. Sections follow on lost landscapes and extinct species. Most of the displayed specimens were deaccessioned from collections of historical importance.