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Whether uterine vellum (vellum made from aborted calf fetuses) was ever really used during the medieval period is still a matter of great controversy.
"This manuscript could well have been written just after he died," David Thomas, a professor of Christianity and Islam at the University of Birmingham, said of the fragment written in ink on goat or sheepskin.The manuscript is written with ink in an early form of Arabic script known as Hijazi.The manuscript has long been part of the university's Cadbury Research Library."Parts of the Quran that are contained in those fragments are very similar indeed to the Quran as we have it today.This tends to support the view that the Quran that we now have is more or less very close indeed to the Quran as it was brought together in the early years of Islam." Muslim tradition says the prophet received the revelations of the Quran between 610 and 632 — but it wasn't written down immediately.