Top Pieces at Naturalis

Naturalis Biodiversity Center

The Camarasaurus with the long neck, the mammoth skeleton, the giant crab, the skullcap of the Java Man. You will find all of the top pieces here.

A shell in our fossil shell collection has an engraving on it. It is a huge discovery and it became world news.

With an impressive length of 18 meters the Camarasaurus looks up to the second floor. How could the animal carry such a long neck?

The discovery of the fossils in the Burgess Shale in Alberta, Canada, by Walcott revolutionized our knowledge about the evolution of life.

In the Primeval Parade in a bullet-proof glass display case you can see the original skull cap, tooth and thigh bone from the Java Man.

The large tusks of the impressive woolly mammoth pierce in your direction as you walk into the Primeval Parade.

Which animals are now extinct, and which animals are still living now?

Shiver at the sight of one of the largest giant crabs in the world. The shell is 35 centimeters in diameter and the span of the claws is more than 3 meters.

Naturalis has carefully preserved the first giant squid that was found in the North Sea. And you can see it.

The leaf of the giant water lily can carry a load of up to 40 kilos.

Would you like to see the biggest pencil in the world?

Herman is a genetically manipulated bull. He is an icon for biotechnology, as he was the first large mammal on which this type research was done.

Rare and unique: original bones from the dodo. At Naturalis you can see them with your own eyes.

This Plateosaurus almost 6 meters long was excavated in Switzerland in 2007 by staff from Naturalis.

A huge globe with a diameter of 4 meters slowly revolves. Thanks to the enlarged satellite photos it feels like you are looking at your own earth from a spaceship.

Once in a while a lightning bolt ‘freezes’ in the ground. Such a petrified lightning bolt is called fulgurite.

Take a close look at the beautiful purple amethyst. The crystals are so regularly formed that there must be mathematics behind this.

Stegosaurus was a plant-eating dinosaur with strikingly large plates on its back.

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