About Us

Given what we can actually say without altering the time-line...

Professor R. E. G. Onslow, BA, MA, PhD, FZS, FLS, &c.

World renowned zoologist, author, explorer, big game hunter, cartographer, hymenopterist, cryptozoologist, and lecturer, Prof. Onslow has partnered with Mr H.G. Wells and others in order to travel through time to obtain the most unusual of (un)Natural History specimens. His expeditions have taken him to the heart of the Dark Continent, hunting with the wild men of Borneo, charting Prof. Challenger's South American lost world, and outsmarted the swiftest of the long deceased dinosaurian predators!

Prof. Onslow [who, in the interests of preserving the natural course of history, uses different names in different time-periods] began his Emporium of Extinct Exotica in 1878, and has been doing a brisk business with19th century clients. With access to Mr Wells's wonderful Time Machine, the professor has become the first person to have collected specimens from living - not fossil - prehistoric and more recently extinct beasts! He has also begun doing business with collectors in the 21st century (having found the 20th far too dangerous), and this web-site is his first foray into Inter-Net Commerce.

Ever aware that even a minor event in past times can drastically alter history, EMPORIUM explorers follow a very special protocol when collecting, in order to ensure that history, at least as we know it, is not altered. To achieve this essential precondition of our collecting efforts, we travel back in time to locate good specimens for our purposes; having thus identified the desired animal, we use the Time Machine in slow forward mode to track the animal to the point of its death. We then extract our samples -- not fossil rock, but soft animal tissue! -- and leave the specimen. It thus becomes part of the diet of scavengers, insects, and microbial agents, and the history of that community is left intact. 






Here is a picture of Professor Onslow and a reconstruction of one of Professor Owens's  Iguanodons.