The Museum has a strong tradition of foraminifera research, going back to the late 1800s. As a result, these are the most extensive of our micropalaeontological collections, with approximately 250,000 slides, and the most requested by visitors.
Our foraminifera collections consist of both fossil and recent specimens.
The HMS Challenger collection is of historical and taxonomic importance for studying foraminifera. Holding samples dating back to the early period of the industrial revolution it provides a valuable resource for current and future research.
The collection includes microfossil assemblage slides and residues from over 120 countries worldwide.
A teaching collection built by researchers at Aberystwyth University. Includes foraminifera, ostracods, coccoliths and conodonts.
The former IPC collection contains benthic foraminifera from the Middle East, covering the Palaeozoic, Mesozoic and Cenozoic eras. The collection is particularly important for reconstructing environmental change and the geological history of the area.
Discover the collection of Henry Buckley, a valuable resource for the study of global change on recent planktonic foraminifera.
Learn about Edward Heron-Allen’s vast collection of foraminifera type slides. It includes specimens gathered from samples from a number of notable research voyages.
Foraminifera occur in a wide range of marine environments. Learn more about these organisms.
Jones RW (1994) The Challenger Foraminifera. Oxford University Press: Oxford, 150pp.
Holbourn A and Henderson A (in press) Paleobase: Deep-Sea Benthic Foraminifera. Blackwell Scientific: Oxford.