The comparative osteological collection is another of our active skeletal repositories which is being continually expanded. This collection comprises an eclectic mix of interesting species ranging from African big game specimens through to a host of UK domestic specimens.

This collection is primarily used for teaching purposes but provides opportunities for comparative osteological research. The Centre has a strong relationship with the D’Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum and often shares resources for teaching and collaborate on public engagement projects.

The collection is often used by consultants on the Virtual Anthropology Communication Service when making human/non-human determination for the UK police forces.

Many of the specimens in this collection have been prepared within the Centre using our dermestid beetle colonies which quickly remove soft tissue leaving behind bones which are perfectly preserved. The Centre has agreements with many local wildlife and animal reserves which allows the attainment of deceased specimens for addition to the collection. 


Medical Sciences Institute (MSI)
University of Dundee
Dow Street
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Luke Reid
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