People have been intrigued by petrified creatures for centuries. Skulls, bones or shells preserved in stone fired people's imagination and captured their thirst for knowledge.
Before the mid eighteenth century the origin of fossils was generally regarded in terms of superstition and myth. Different cultures explained the formation of fossils in differing ways. Interesting folklore traditions developed and people frequently attributed magical or medicinal properties to fossils. We take a look at the fossil collection at RAMM and its mythical past.