Nannofossil collection

Coccolithophore Emiliania huxleyi, found in all oceans

Coccolithophore Emiliania huxleyi, found in all oceans

The Museum's nannofossil collection is particularly important for ocean acidification studies. It contains both fossil and modern coccolithophores.

Strengths

The nannofossil collections are primarily image catalogues of key species. The catalogues include tens of thousands of scanning electron microscope images featuring a mixture of:

  • taxa collected during cruise studies to evaluate the biology of living coccoliths
  • fossil material.
Reference collection

We also hold a microfossil reference collection of nannofossils for the Ocean Drilling Programme, a key resource for coccolithophore research.

This contains approximately 5,000 slides covering the range of sediments recovered by the Deep Sea Drilling Project (DSDP) and Ocean Drilling Project (ODP).

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The nannofossil collection is being digitised

Senior Curator

Dr Stephen Stukins

Collections Manager

Dr Giles Miller

Major collections

Former British Petroleum micropalaeontology collection

Contains the microfossil well-run samples from British Petroleum's exploration activities since the 1950s, including slides and residues from over 3,800 well and outcrop localities worldwide.

The collection includes:

  • micropalaeontological slides
  • palynological slides (c. 78,000)
  • nannofossil slides
  • faunal slides
  • loose specimens
  • residues
  • the former British Petroleum microfossil reference collection (foraminifera and ostracoda)

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Reference collection

We also hold a reference collection of nannofossils, a key resource for coccolithophore research that we maintain on behalf of the Ocean Drilling Programme. It contains approximately 5,000 slides covering the range of sediments recovered by the Deep Sea Drilling Project and Ocean Drilling Project.        

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Accessing the collections

Scientists and collections management specialists can visit the collections and borrow specimens for research.

Collections management

Our duty is to provide a safe and secure environment for all of our collections.