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The department has extensive and valuable collections in all areas of palaeontology and conducts world-leading research in several fields.

The collections contain several unique and scientifically important specimens that are being used in research projects at the department, and by researchers from around the world.


The research at the department involves questions about the origin of life on earth and the evolution of animals and plants through time, with emphasis on the origin and evolution of Cenozoic vertebrates, Palaeozoic invertebrates and seed plants. Read more about our research.

Fresh from the printer:

Sammansatt bild med karta, fossilt trä och rekontruktion av insektborrhål.

Jurassic wood-borers

Insect borings in petrified wood from Cerro Cuadrado fossil forest of Santa Cruz province, southern Argentina.

Framsidan av konferensvolym EPPC 2022

11th European Palaeobotany and Palynology Conference

The 11th European Palaeobotany and Palynology Conference was held in Stockholm, on the 19th–22nd of June, 2022.

Foton av fossila blad

Arthropod damage on Gondwanan plants

An extensive survey of literature and museum specimens of Permian plant fossils studying arthropod-plant interactions.


Here you find the latest publications which have been published at the department. You can also find earlier publications.


The department houses scientifically valuable and large collections that derive mainly from Sweden but also from widespread locations around the world, such as the Arctic in the north and Antarctica in the south. Databasing of the collections is one of the main projects at the department and some of the information is available on the internet. Read more about our collections.

Loans from the collections

The collections are accessible for Swedish and foreign researchers by visit or loan. Contact Vivi Vajda (plant fossils) or Christian Skovsted (animal fossils) for more information.

Interested in Palaeontology?

Read here about a master's course at Stockholm University, which is taught by the researchers at our department.


Head of Department

Vivi Vajda


Ewa Sjödinexternal link

Collections Palaeobotany

Stephen McLoughlin

Collections Palaeozoology

Lars Werdelin

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Mailing Address

Box 500 07
104 05 Stockholm

Visiting Address

Svante Arrhenius väg 9
114 18 Stockholm


46-8-51 95 40 00


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