Contact Details

Cindy Howells
National Museum Cardiff

Cathays Park
CF10 3NP

Phone: +44 (0)29 2057 3354

Staff Name

Cindy Howells

Job Title

Curator: Palaeontology

Areas of Responsibility:

Management and curation of the palaeontological collections, answering enquiries, planning displays and carrying out public engagement; ensuring varied and consistent access to the collection for individuals, general audiences and special-interest groups.

Qualifications, memberships and relevant positions

BSc (Hons) Geology (Cardiff), Membership Secretary (Geological Curators’ Group), Committee Member (Geologists Association, South Wales Group), Committee Member (The Symposium on Vertebrate Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy). Member of: The Palaeontological Association, The History of Geology Group, The South East Wales RIGS Group.

Research Interests

My current research interests includes the study of dinosaurs, and other Mesozoic vertebrates, particularly relating to Wales. I am also interested in the palaeontology and related stratigraphy of Wales, SW England and the rest of the UK, particularly from the Carboniferous to the present day. Other interests include the History of Geology and Palaeontological Collecting. I am also interested in working with amateur palaeontological collectors to establish a collecting code of practice and database of finds.


Palaeontology, dinosaur, Jurassic, Triassic, Mesozoic, ammonite, ichthyosaur, plesiosaur, mammals, crinoid, fossil, Carboniferous, curation, museum, history of geology.


Selected Publications

Martill, D.M., Vidovic, S.U., Howells, C. and Nudds, J.R. 2016. The oldest Jurassic dinosaur: a basal neotheropod from the Hettangian of Great Britain. PLOS ONEDOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0145713.

Howells, C. 2015. Dinosaur Discovery – new kid on the Jurassic block. Natur Cymru 55: 25-29

Martin, J.E, Vincent, P., Suan, G., Sharpe, T, Hodges, P., Williams, M., Howells, C. and Fischer V. 2014. A mysterious giant ichthyosaur from the lowermost Jurassic of Wales [PDF]. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica.

Miller, C.G, Ewin, T, Chalk, H-L, Riddington, K, Kerbey, H, Howells, C, Nudds, J, Matthew Parkes, M, Spencer, J, Morgan, A, Howe, M, Bernard, E, King, S. and Gladstone, I. 2014. Geological Curators' Group Survey 2014: results and a vision for the future. The Geological Curator 10 (2): 77-92.

Howells, C. 2014.

New species of fossil crinoid discovered in south Wales
, Natur Cymru, 50: 46

Kalvoda, J., Nudds, J. Bábek, O. and Howells, C. 2013. Late Chadian-early Arundian high-resolution biostratigraphy in the Ogmore-by-Sea section (South Wales-Mendip shelf) and the mid-Avonian unconformityJournal of the Geological Society,171(1): 41-47

Howells, C. and Kammer T. 2013, A new crinoid from the Mississippian (Early Carboniferous) of South Pembrokeshire, Wales. Geological Journal. 49(2): 207-212

Howells, C. 2007, The Geological Curators’ Group - the first 34 years….! [PDF] The Geological Curator, 8(8): 352-374

Sharpe, T., Howe, S.R. and Howells C. 1998, Setting the standard? The Earth Science Galleries at the Natural History Museum, London [PDF]. The Geological Curator, 6(10): 395-403