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Teylers Museum in Haarlem, Netherlands

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To mark the occasion of this new sub forum for museums. I would like you show you some wonderful stuff in Teylers Museum in Haarlem, Netherlands. This is actually the oldest museum in the Netherlands and thus also has some really cool history attached to it and it's specimens.

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http://www.teylersmuseum.nl/en

Besides fossils this museum also holds an art and science collection. The museum is just as beautiful as the specimens in it and a true time capsule. While it is quite a small museum, it's charm is worth the trip alone. Even the cabinets are pretty. It even has a few world firsts, such as Archaeopteryx and Mosasaurus.

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Now on to fossils!

One of the most important specimens on display here is one of the Archaeopteryx specimens. This is actually the first Archaeopteryx as it was found before the feather and the London specimen were found. But for a long time it was labeled as a Pterodactylus. Only later was it found that it was in fact an Archaeopteryx. While very incomplete it is one of the larger animals of the genus (the third largest I think). the specimen consists of slab and counter slab. If you look close you can still see the vague impression of the flight feathers on the wings. It also very nicely shows the keratinous sheaths of the claws.

Archaeopteryx lithographica

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Along with Archaeopteryx Teylers also has a very nice collection of the Jurassic of Solnhofen in Bavaria. They have a number of Rhamphorhynchus skeletons, lizards, fish, crustaceans and squids complete with tentacles and inksacs.

Rhamphorhynchus

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Various fish

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Homocosaurus maximiliani

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Various critters

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Then there's a very nice giant salamander. Originally it was thought it was the fossil of a human that died in the biblical flood. Only later when it was further prepped did they see it was a giant salamander similar to the Japanese giant salamanders we can still see today.

Andrias scheuchzeri

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The English Jurassic collection is also very nice. They have a number of complete Steneosaurs and many Ichthyosaurs. Also a nice Plesiosaur skeleton but I don't have a perticularly good photo of it.

Steneosaurus bollensis

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Eurypterygius communis, Leptopterygius platyodon, Ichthyosaurus quadriscissus and Ichthyosaurus communis

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The Cretaceous Maastricht area collection.

There is a whole range of Mosasaur bits and bobs. From partial spines to flippers to teeth. There are also a few nice jaws and a skull.

Mosasaurus hoffmanni

It's interesting to note that this Mosasaurus skull is actually the first skull ever found(1764), even before the Paris specimen. Although it was identified as a fish at the time.

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From the same location also Allopleuron bits, a large sea turtle and a number of large fish. This material all comes from the Maastricht area, which is where the original first Mosasaur was found (which is now in Paris).

Allopleuron hoffmanni

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And lastly some assorted bits.

Some little bits of dinosaurs including a partial Hadrosaur leg bone from the Maastricht area which is incredibly rare. Only two dinosaurs are known from the Netherlands, a theropod that is possibly related to Megalosaurus and a dubious Hadrosaur called Orthomerus that seems to be very closely related to the Asian Amurosaurus, a Lambeosaurid.

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In the first fossil hall you are greeted by a few Mammoth skulls and a cave bear skeleton.

Mammuthus primigenius and Ursus spelaea

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And lastly two very nice skull models of Durodon and Arsinoitherium.

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ZiggieCie

What a beautiful Museum. It is a treasure in itself. :yay-smiley-1::yay-smiley-1::yay-smiley-1:

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Auspex

Charm is right! Real old-world class, and beautifully kept.

That Giant Salamander's story is one of the great legends of Paleontology.

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jpc

I have to put this on the list just for the architecture. Ok, fossils, too.

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Troodon

Beautiful what else can I say. The fossils are breathtaking.

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Mike Pocock

Wow wow double wow, thanks for the images a fascinating and beautiful museum.

Regards

Mike

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PaleoWilliam

Love the Homocosaurus!

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Ludwigia

Thanks for sharing. This museum is one of the best kept secrets in the world. Pity that more people don't know about it. I had the luck to visit it a few years ago and was astounded to see the best collection of fossils ever from the Oehninger Schichten, an historical site which is just around the corner from me. The site is long gone, but there's a small museum nearby which shows a few of the old finds from there, but it's nothing to compare with the collection at Teyler, which includes the original Andrias scheuchzeri shown above.

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