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
As well as containing commercially significant data, these collections are regularly accessed as part of ocean acidification and climate change studies.
Foraminifera are the largest of our micropalaeontological collections, and the most visited. Learn more about these collections.
Organic microfossils include Lower Palaeozoic palynomorphs and Cretaceous dinoflagellate cysts.
Our nannofossil collections are particularly important for ocean acidification studies. Discover more.
The Museum has enormous collections of ostracods, both fossil and non-fossil specimens.
Learn more about our radiolarian collection, which contains historically important material collected by Ernst Haeckel.
Discover the range of our conodont holdings and how the collections were built.
Find out more about the microfossil organisms we research, our staff and the science of micropalaeontology.
In addition to the micropalaeontology collections themselves,
are available to scientific visitors.