Conodont collection

The Museum’s collection of conodont microfossils is particularly strong in Carboniferous material, and includes an online database.

The Museum curates a number of historically significant conodont collections:

  • The type and figured material of GJ Hinde (1879), our oldest conodont collection.
  • Material from AC Higgins, published in the 1960s.
  • Type and figured material from the Carboniferous of Britain (Rhodes, Austin & Druce, 1969). This forms the core of our conodont collection.
  • RL Austin’s British and Irish Carboniferous research collection, acquired in 1994.
  • Silurian collections from RJ Aldridge and co-workers, including Männik, Mabillard and Miller. 

The Cambrian, Permian and Triassic periods are currently under-represented.

We also hold smaller sub-collections from Australia, Belgium, Belize, Brazil, Canada, China, the Czech Republic, France, Italy, Latvia, New Zealand Saudi Arabia, Sweden and Turkey.

Access the condodont collection database

Conodont fossil.
Conodont collection database

Intended for academic and industrial micropalaeontologists interested in conodonts. Searching the database gives broad information about discrete collections in the Museum's conodont collection.

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Microscopic tooth-like conodonts

Conodonts are mainly known from phosphatic tooth-like microfossils. Discover more about these extinct animals and their fossils.