A Virtual Microscope Through Time

Flying reptiles - 150 million yearsRMS-Info-FlyingReptiles.html
Allende meteorite - 4.5 billion yearsRMS-Info-Allende.html

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Egyptian Bead - 5,100 yearsRMS-Info-Bead.html
Trilobites - 300 million yearsRMS-Info-Trilobite.html
Stromatolites - 600 million yearsRMS-Info-Stromatolite.html
Ptolemy - 9 years agoRMS-Info-Ptolemy1.html
Flint Tools - 8,500 yearsRMS-Info-FlintTools1.html
Martian meteorite - 1.3 billion yearsRMS-Info-Nakhla.html
Roman Radiate - 1,700 yearsRMS-Info-RomanCoin.html
Woolly Mammoths - 14,000 yearsRMS-Info-Mammoth.html
Fossil plants - 400 million yearsRMS-Info-Rhynie.html

Some of the photographic equipment used in this project

Adrar 003 meteorite - 4.5 billion years +RMS-Info-Adrar003.html
Click to enlargeRMS-Timescale.html
Click to enlargeRMS-Timescale.html
First Humans - 4 million yearsRMS-Info-Hominid1.html
Dinosaurs - 160 million yearsRMS-Info-Dinosaur1.html
Early Mammals - 125 million yearsRMS-Info-EarlyMammals1.html
Fossil fish - 150 million yearsRMS-Info-Fish1.html
Silver Dollar - 240 yearsRMS-Info-SilverDollar.html
Iron Age Stater - 2,000 yearsRMS-Info-IronCoin.html
Neolithic objects - 3,000 yearsRMS-Info-Neolithic1.html


A Virtual Microscope Through Time is the work of Open University CEPSAR microscopists, Diane Johnson and Andy Tindle, and is funded with the assistance of the Royal Microscopical Society.

This web-based virtual microscope contains data gathered from a range of interesting and important samples - from the time of the formation of the solar system (meteorites over 4.5 billion years old), through to an example of present day technology developed for use within the planetary and space sciences.

The materials investigated represent both our natural and man-made heritage and are specially selected to bring alive the science of imaging and analysis to a non-specialist audience.

We would like to thank our sponsors and all those individuals in universities and museums who have given us assistance and arranged for us to borrow specimens. A full list is here.