Micropalaeontology collections

The Museum's Micropalaeontology collection is one of the largest in the world housing extensive reference collections of foraminifera, ostracods, palynomorphs, nannofossils, conodonts and radiolarians.

The collections contain:

  • type and figured material from well over 2,000 scientific publications
  • an estimated 650,000 slides, residue bottles and samples
  • millions of individual specimens

As well as containing commercially significant data, these collections are regularly accessed as part of ocean acidification and climate change studies.

Radiolaria from a c.40-million-year-old Eocene Barbados Marl Find out more

Learn about our research, staff and the science of micropalaeontology.