Fossil bryozoan collection
The Museum holds the best collection of fossil bryozoans in the world, with more than 5,000 type and figured specimens.
Specimens Type and figured specimens
The collection contains an estimated 1,500,000 specimens, making it one of the largest palaeontology collections at the Museum.
The value of the collection is enhanced by a specialist library and more than 20,000 scanning electron microscope images.
Countries of origin
The collection is representative of all continents.
The full geological range of each group of bryozoans except the Phylactolaemata is represented:
- the class Gymnolaemata, with the following orders:
- Cheilostomata (Jurassic to Recent)
- Ctenostomata (Ordovician to Recent)
- the class Stenolaemata, with the following orders:
- Cryptostomata (Ordovician to Triassic)
- Cyclostomata (Ordovician to Recent)
- Cystoporata (Ordovician to Triassic)
- Fenestrata (Ordovician to Permian)
- Trepostomata (Ordovician to Triassic)
Looking for a specimen?
The fossil bryozoan collection is being digitised
Any questions ?
If you would like to use any specimens for research
Important historical collections
- Ulrich collection
- Arthur W Rowe collection
- Searles Wood collection
- George Busk collection
- Tesson collection
- Sir Charles Lyell collection
- J W Gregory collection
- William Lang Collection
- D A Brown collection
We have set out on an ambitious programme to develop a new science and digitisation centre. As we prepare for the move, access to some collections will be affected.
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