This dataset represents the physical and digital holdings of fossil animals at the Swedish Museum of Natural History. The collection includes more than one million items, including many type specimens. The main part of the collection consists of material from Sweden, mainly invertebrates from the lower Palaeozoic (Cambrian, Ordovician, Silurian), including extensive collections from the Silurian of Gotland. The collection also includes rich faunas, both invertebrates and vertebrates, from the Mesozoic of Scania. The non-Scandinavian invertebrate material also includes particularly important collections of microfossils from the early Cambrian, fossil seep faunas and material from the Arctic and Antarctic regions. The vertebrate collections include one of the world’s richest collections of Devonian fish, with a focus on Spitzbergen, Greenland, and Germany. There are also important holdings of South American Pleistocene mammals.

Taxonomic range

Kingdoms covered include: Animalia.

Geographic range

All continents and countries. All geological periods. Focus on early Palaeozoic and Mesozoic of Sweden and northern Europe as well as the Arctic and Antarctic regions.

Number of specimens in the collection

The estimated number of specimens in the Palaeozoological Collection is 73,974.

Click the Records & Statistics tab to access those database records that are available through the atlas.

Metadata last updated on 2018-01-04 14:20:41.0


Frescativägaen 40

Contributors to this page

Digitised records available through the atlas

The Palaeozoological Collection has an estimated 73,974 specimens.

Looking up... the number of records that can be accessed through the atlas.

Click to view all records for the Palaeozoological Collection

Images from this collection