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Palaeobiology

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.

Research

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:

Potpurri av foton och bilder på fossila och nulevande gymnospermer

History of Life: Gymnosperms

About the diversity of living and extinct gymnosperms. This is a contribution to the book Encyclopedia of Geology, 2nd Edition.

Schematisk bild över hur svamphyfer, sporer och biofilm lever i sprickor, hålor och gångar i djupbergarter.

The fossil record of igneous rock

Research at the Swedish Museum of Natural History has during the last decade shown that fossils also are found in igneous rock

Fungi from the Siljan impact crater

A fossil microbial consortium composed of anaerobic fungi and methanogens is described in drill cores of 540 meters depths, and an age of 39 Ma, from the Siljan impact crater.

Publications

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

Collections

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.

Contacts

Head of Department

Professor Vivi Vajda

Secretariat

Ewa Sjödinexternal link

Collections Palaeobotany

Vivi Vajda

Collections Palaeozoology

Christian Skovsted

Staff Directory

Staff at the Department of Palaeobiology

Staff search

Mailing Address

Box 500 07
104 05 Stockholm
Sweden

Visiting Address

Svante Arrhenius väg 9
114 18 Stockholm
Sweden

Telephone

46-8-51 95 40 00

Fax

46-8-51 95 42 21