Queries / requests to view etc., should be addressed in writing to the relevant Museum as follows:

The Registrar,
Woodend Museum,
The Crescent,
YO11 2PW
Tel : +44 (0) 1723 232579

Hon. Geology Curator,
Whitby Museum,
Pannett Park,
YO21 1RE
Tel : +44 (0) 1947 602908

This combined catalogue was produced as part of the 2000/ 2001 N.E. Dinosaur Coast Project*. It is a combined catalogue for both Scarborough and Whitby Museums.

* The Project partners were Scarborough Museums, Whitby Museum, The North York Moors National Park and the Yorkshire Museums Council. The project was supported by monies from the European Community and matched funding from the partners.

In a document of this size it is possible that, despite proof-reading, errors may still exist. If you suspect or identify an error please, in the first place, notify Mr G Pickles at


GROUPS are loosely structured according to their taxonomic classification. Within each group species are presented alphabetically.


The following status terms are used:

  • HOLOTYPE A single specimen selected in order to show the main character of a species
  • PARATYPE Additional specimens selected with a holotype to show additional character of a species not shown by the holotype
  • SYNTYPES A series of type specimens of equal status selected to show the range of variation within a species
  • LECTOTYPE Where the type of a species has not been nominated in the past, a lectotype may be designated from the range of originally described material if it is still available. Lecto can be used as a prefix with the first three in the list
  • NEOTYPE A specimen or range of specimens chosen from available material when the original type material has been lost or destroyed. A neotype may be a cast of the original. Neo can be used as a prefix with the first three in the list
  • TOPOTYPE Any specimen collected from the locality from which the type specimens were obtained


Fossils located at Scarborough Woodend Museum have numbers prefixed by SCAWM and those at Whitby Museum by WHITM. The collection number follows.


This is the stratigraphy relating to the specimen and is given in as much detail as available in the order lithostratigraphy, biostratigraphy, chronostratigraphy.


Given in as much detail as it is known


See the full bibliography for all references. Images from the reference follow the reference itself. The images displayed in the webpages are approximately the same size as the original published images. Further images will be added as they become available.


The following are acknowledged for permission to publish the images which accompany the individual species information:

  • The Geologists’ Association for images from Wright, J.K. 1968 Proceedings 79, 363-399
  • Yorkshire Geological Society
  • Palaeontology Society
  • Palaeontological Association

Individual images are credited. Apologies if an image still within copyright has been used and not credited. If this is the case please let us know. The people who did all the hard work:

  • Darren Croft
  • Paul Marr
  • Heather Gibson
  • Sam Heads

The people who supported the team and made it happen:

  • Denise Gildroy (Registrar) from Whitby Museum
  • Alison Glew from Yorkshire Museums Council
  • Peter Thornton (Hon. Geology Curator) from Whitby Museum
  • Jane Davis from Scarborough Museums & Gallery
  • The library staff from the Whitby Lit. & Phil.
  • Graham Pickles (Hon. Joint Keeper) from Whitby Museum for producing the original web site

Alistair Bowden of Scarborough Council who supervised and organised all the work.
David Gelsthorpe of Scarborough Council for checking of some links (April 2004) and for taking digital photographs of type and cited specimens (May 2004). Most of these photographs incorporate a scale.