The abundance and diversity of conodont tooth-like microfossils in Palaeozoic rocks makes them a useful dating tool.
Type and figured material from the Carboniferous of Britain (Rhodes, Austin & Druce,1969) are the backbone of the Museum’s conodont collection.
The British and Irish Lower Carboniferous bias was maintained by the addition of Austin's research collection in 1994.
Major Silurian collections have also been donated by Aldridge and co-workers including Männik, Mabillard and Miller.
The oldest collection is the type and figured material of Hinde (1879), but it was not until Higgins' material arrived (published 1960s) that the Museum's collection expanded.
Cambrian, Permian and Triassic are currently under-represented.
The condont collection smaller sub-collections from Australia, Belgium, Belize, Brazil, Canada, China, the Czech Republic, France, Italy, Latvia, New Zealand Saudi Arabia, Sweden and Turkey.
Intended for academic and industrial micropalaeontologists interested in conodonts. Searching the database gives broad information about discrete collections in the Museum's conodont collection.