Spanning some 400 million years of geological time, the Palaeobotany Collection contains more than 50 000 specimens of fossil plants, with the emphasis on extinct Victorian and related Australia flora.
The collection is a large resource for research projects linking the extinct with the extant flora of Australia and for understanding palaeogeography.
Access to the Palaeobotany Collection can be arranged by contacting Dr Thomas Rich (Senior Curator) or David Pickering (Assistant Collection Manager).
- Baragwanathia and related flora from the Silurian and Lower Devonian of Victoria. These specimens are among the oldest known vascular land plants.
- Large collection of well-documented Mesozoic plant fossils from Victoria, including type and figured material of J. G. Douglas.
- Tertiary fossil plants documenting the development of the modern flora in Victoria under changing climatic conditions over the past 65 million years.
- Jurassic plants collected by Dr Murray of Scarborough, England.
- Type material of Isabel Cookson, including Palaeozoic plants, Tertiary fungi, Tertiary and Cretaceous spores, pollens and dinoflagellates.
- Large collection of fossil fruits from the Tertiary of Victoria, identified by Ferdinand von Mueller.
- Henry Deane’s fossil plants from the Cainozoic of Victoria and Tasmania, including some types.
Some of the thousands of specimens of the Christophel Collection recording the diversity of Eocene flora of Victoria’s coastline.
Image: Nicole Alley
Source: Museum Victoria
Victoria’s Eocene rainforests
In 2010, the museum acquired David Christophel's collection of leaves from the mudstone of Angelsea on the Victorian coast. The collection is mounted on glass and contains thousands of specimens representing some 250 species of extinct rainforest trees.
MV News: Mummified leaf collecion