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.
Gundis are small, stocky rodents that originated in Central Asia during the Paleogene. The group diversified rapidly until the abrupt decline in late Oligocene.
Recent excavations in the Rising Star Cave System of South Africa have revealed burials of the extinct hominin species Homo naledi.
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.
The collections are accessible for Swedish and foreign researchers by visit or loan. Contact Vivi Vajda (plant fossils) or Lars Werdelin (animal fossils) for more information.
Read here about a master's course at Stockholm University, which is taught by the researchers at our department.
Vivi Vajda & Stephen McLoughlin
Vivi Vajda & Lars Werdelin
Box 500 07
104 05 Stockholm
Svante Arrhenius väg 9
114 18 Stockholm
46-8-51 95 40 00
46-8-51 95 42 21