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The Duckworth Laboratory


Following University Guidelines for Coronavirus (COVID-19) and National Standards from the UK Government, we are currently closed and not taking bookings for access. We are monitoring University protocol and will re-assess our plans for opening in the next Academic Year. We will post re-opening information here when plans change and will not respond to emails asking about re-opening dates.

The Duckworth Laboratory is closed during the months of August and September. Email correspondence will be slower than normal during that time. Applications for access to study, scan and/or photograph material in the Duckworth Laboratory in 2019 are generally processed within two weeks. Applicants will usually be informed of the outcome of their application shortly after a decision has been made.

Applications to carry out destructive sampling of material in the Duckworth Laboratory in the 2019-2020 academic year are: 29 October 2019, January 31st 2020, and May 29, 2020.
Applicants will be informed of the timeframe involved in considering their application one month after the deadline.

* To apply for permission to study material from the Duckworth Laboratory collections and/or archives, please visit

* Please, direct all enquiries and correspondence regarding the Duckworth Laboratory to duckworth@human-evol.cam.ac.uk

What is the Duckworth Laboratory?

The Duckworth Laboratory at LCHES is dedicated to the study of human and primate anatomy. At its core are its collections of human and non-human primate skeletal remains, as well as of casts of hominin fossils. The material and facilities are available to study by bona fide scientists affiliated to the Laboratory.
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  The collections

The Duckworth Collections includes human and non-human primate skeletal remains; casts of hominin fossils; and hair samples. Numerically, the majority of the collection consists of human skeletal remains from around the world. The Duckworth Collections are kept solely as a source for scientific research.
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  How to apply to work on the collections

Scientists doing research in human evolution and diversity can apply to become affiliated to the laboratory for the purpose of carrying out particular research projects. Affiliation to the Duckworth Laboratory is granted by the Director.
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