Conulariid research


Beautifully-preserved example of the conulariid Conularia breviconventa from the Wenlock of Dudley, Worcestershire, England

Museum researchers

Project summary

Focus: Conulariid taxonomy and palaeobiology


We are undertaking research into various aspects of conulariid taxonomy and palaeobiology, including the microstructure of the shell and developmental loss of symmetry.

This research highlights the scientific value of our conulariid collection, which is the second largest in the world and unrivalled in terms of diversity and geographical spread.

Conulariids are an extinct group of jellyfish with pyramidal skeletons of calcium phosphate that are locally abundant in Palaeozoic sediments.


Origins, evolution and futures

We study the Earth's origins, environment and the evolution of life


Invertebrate and plant palaeobiology research

We are investigatingĀ the origins and evolution of these diverse fossil groups


Palaeontology collections

The geographic, stratigraphic and historical coverage of fossils in the collection make it globally important