Invertebrate and plant palaeobiology

We use the Museum's fossil invertebrate, micropalaeontology and palaeobotany collections to unravel the origins and evolution of these diverse groups.

Palaeobotany research

Our research focuses on the origins of land-dwelling plants during the Palaeozoic Era, and the co-evolution of plants and animals during the Mesozoic Era.

Micropalaeontology research

The Museum's huge microfossil collection is helping us to reconstruct past environments and locate hydrocarbon reserves buried deep underground.

Arthropod research

We are studying arthropod phylogeny, the palaeobiology, systematics, evolution and biogeography of trilobites, ostracod taxonomy and palaeobiology, and centipede systematics.

Marine invertebrate research

Our vast collections are supporting a range of research projects on bryozoans, molluscs, echinoderms and corals in the fossil record.


Undertake professional and postgraduate training in invertebrate and plant palaeobiology.

Core research labs

Our research lab teams are available for complex on-site imaging and analysis of biological and geological samples.

Palaeontology collections

Discover our vertebrate, invertebrate and plant fossil collections.

The Data Portal

Explore and download the Museum’s research and collections data.

Palaeobotany collection

A collection with excellent geographic, stratigraphic and historical coverage.

Attend seminars and conferences for scientists