Invertebrate Palaeontology Collection

The Invertebrate Palaeontology Collection comprises more than four million fossil specimens, mainly from Victoria and Australia but also from other parts of the world. It documents the evolution of invertebrates, ranging from single-celled organisms through to the many phyla of multi-celled animals, and includes many extinct groups such as trilobites, graptolites and conodonts. It covers the past 630 million years of invertebrate evolution.

The collection is subdivided into four major collections: the type and figured, taxonomic, graptolite and stratigraphic collections. It includes representative specimens of nearly all major extinct phyla of organisms and is crucial to understanding the biostratigraphic zonation, palaeoecology and palaeobiogeography of organisms and the evolution of their environments in southern Australia.

The collection incorporates the former invertebrate fossil collections of the University of Melbourne and the Geological Survey of Victoria, making it one of the largest collections of its type in Australia and the most important scientifically in a number of areas. Collection strengths include graptolites, Silurian and Devonian shelly fossils (including trilobites and echinoderms), Cretaceous insects, and Tertiary fossils.


General enquiries and identification requests should be sent to the Discovery Centre.

Collection access for institutions and researchers can be arranged through Collection Manager Rolf Schmidt.


Last updated 11 September 2012