Fossil invertebrate researchers at the Museum specialise in the systematics and geological history of several of the most prolific animal phyla through the Phanerozoic Eon (the past 542 million years).
Our expertise includes:
We also use invertebrate fossils to:
Discover what research is underway on the most diverse animal phylum of the last 520 million years. As well as exploring the evolutionary relationships of the main groups, we have projects focusing on trilobites, ostracods and centipedes.
Bryozoans can provide useful information on past environmental conditions but are often neglected due to their difficult taxonomy. Our bryozoan-related research focuses on their evolutionary history and palaeoecology.
Echinoderm-related research in the Museum focuses on their early Palaeozoic diversification and the origins of the major body plans, and the post-Palaeozoic evolution of sea urchins. Explore current projects.
By studying past examples of rapid ecological change within reef systems, palaeontology researchers hope to be able to help predict how modern reef systems might react to current and future global environmental change. Learn about current projects.
The Museum cares for the second largest collection of conulariids in the world. Find out about research we are undertaking to enhance its scientific value.