The Ashworth Laboratories are decorated with sculptures of animals made by
Phyllis Bone, who was the first female Royal Scottish Academician. She made three
sculptures - a dung beetle, an octopus and a crab - to represent the invertebrates.
The sculptures of vertebrates represent the principal zoogeographical regions.
The Palaeartic region is represented by:
The Neartic region by:
The Ethiopian region by:
The Oriental region by:
The last three ovals represent:
Australia, New Zealand and South America
The animals were first modelled in clay and the models then cast in artificial stone
to make the seventeen plaques which decorate the exterior of the building. Phyllis Bone also made the
sculptures which decorate the National War Memorial in Edinburgh Castle.