In historic terms, the recent vertebrate collection is one of our institute's oldest collections. When it was first started, in the middle of the 19th century, it mainly consisted of indigenous and tropical birds. Since those early days the collection has grown to 600,000 specimens of birds, fish, amphibians, reptiles and mammals.

Skulls in a drawer of the vertebrates collection
Intro

Short introduction to the vertebrates collections.

Birds in the vertebrate collection
Overview

Overview of the vertebrates collections.

Olivier Pauwels, curator of the vertebrate collections (Photo: Olivier Pauwels)
Conservator

About conservator Olivier Pauwels

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