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Facts and figures

Oxford University Museum of Natural History was established in 1860 to draw together scientific studies from across the University of Oxford. Today, the award-winning Museum continues to be a place of scientific research, collecting and fieldwork, and plays host to a programme of events, exhibitions and activities for the public and school students of all ages. 

Highlights in the collections include the world's first scientifically described dinosaur – Megalosaurus bucklandii – and the world-famous  Oxford Dodo, the only soft tissue remains of the extinct dodo.

The Museum is part of the University of Oxford's Gardens, Libraries and Museums and is overseen by the Board of Visitors and supported by Honorary Associates. The Pitt Rivers Museum of anthropology and archaeology adjoins the Museum building, so both places can be enjoyed in a single trip.

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News releases

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Operation Earth

8 February 2018 - New family science show tackles some of the biggest questions facing our planet

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Settlers Exhibition

24 January 2018 - A 12,000-year story - revealing the history of settlers in Britain from the end of the Ice Age to the present day


Star-gazing on the reef

29th January 2018 - Brittle stars living in vibrant coral reefs found to use thousands of light sensors to navigate their way through their complex environments. 

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Dinosaur parasites trapped in 100 million-year-old amber tell blood-sucking story

12 December 2017

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Inner ears of extinct sea monsters mirror those of today's animals

7 December 2017 

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Rare, exceptionally-preserved fossil reveals lifestyle of ancient armour-plated reptile

30 June 2017


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Scott Billings, Digital Engagement Officer,

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