Former Iraq Petroleum Company collection

The former Iraq Petroleum Company (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.  

The IPC specimens were collected by the then Chief Palaeontologist of the IPC, FRS Hansen and his associates between 1948 and 1963.

Specimens were collected from Middle East countries where oil exploration activities took place:

  • Bahrain
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Kuwait
  • Oman
  • Qatar
  • Saudi Arabia
  • the United Arab Emirates

Research opportunities

We are actively interested in improving our understanding of this collection and encourage those interested in benthic foraminifera of the Middle East to get in touch. Visit the page below for more information.

  • Pfenderina trochoidea, SEM image.
    IPC collection research

    Previous studies of the former Iraq Petroleum Company collection have focused on Mesozoic foraminifera as an analytical tool for identifying petroleum source rocks. There is huge potential to undertake further research on this vast collection. Find out more here.

Are you interested in undertaking research on this collection?

We are actively interested in improving our understanding of this collection and encourage interested researchers to get in touch.

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