HMS Challenger collection

The HMS Challenger expedition (1872-1876) collected vast amounts of oceanographic data. The resulting collection is of historical and taxonomic importance for studying foraminifera. 

Data, including foraminifera specimens, was obtained by

  • trawling the surface waters
  • dredging the ocean floor

The collection includes original samples dating back to the early period of the Industrial Revolution, providing a valuable resource for current and future research.

  • Engraved view of HMS Challenger (1872-1876)
    Other Challenger collections

    Scientists on the 1872-76 HMS Challenger expedition collected a vast amount of natural history material from around the globe. Find out about the range of palaeontology and zoology specimens collected by on-board scientists.