Invertebrate and plant palaeobiology

We use the Museum's fossil invertebrate, micropalaeontology and palaeobotany collections to unravel the origins and evolution of these diverse groups.

Palaeobotany research

Our research focuses on the origins of land-dwelling plants during the Palaeozoic Era, and the co-evolution of plants and animals during the Mesozoic Era.

Micropalaeontology research

The Museum's huge microfossil collection is helping us to reconstruct past environments and locate hydrocarbon reserves buried deep underground.

Arthropod research

We are studying arthropod phylogeny, the palaeobiology, systematics, evolution and biogeography of trilobites, ostracod taxonomy and palaeobiology, and centipede systematics.


Undertake professional and postgraduate training in invertebrate and plant palaeobiology.

Core research labs

Our research lab teams are available for complex on-site imaging and analysis of biological and geological samples.

Fossil invertebrate collection

Our collections of fossil invertebrates have a broad scope and a large number of type and figured specimens. 

Micropalaeontology collection

Find foraminifera, ostracods, conodonts, radiolarians and palynomorphs.

Palaeobotany collection

Collections spanning the Archean to the present, with excellent geographic, stratigraphic and historical coverage.

Attend seminars and conferences for scientists