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Norwegian center for paleontology

Paleontology, the study of plants and animals and the rocks containing them, has a long tradition at the Natural History Museum. Research at the museum is based on the contained collections amounting to well over 1.7 million specimens but this number is being constantly increased as the result of ongoing field work and research. The focus has always been on fossils from the Lower Palaeozoic rocks of the Oslo Region and rocks both older and younger from the Arctic Archipelago. To this can be added fossils from the Norwegian continental shelf, land-based Quaternary deposits and from fossils resulting from special collecting trips abroad.

The Norwegian centre for paleontology was established in 2009 with special focus on the following main areas:

Lower Paleozoic of the Oslo Region

  • Paleozoic trilobites and non-trilobitic arthropods
  • Systematics and ecology of Ordovocian and Silurian bryozoans
  • Systematics and ecology of Ordovocian and Silurian brachiopods
  • Ordovician trilobites
    Responsible researcher: David L. Bruton

Upper Paleozoic of the Arctic

Mesozoic of Svalbard

Evolution and biology of Mesozoic and early Cenozoic higher vertebrates

  • Mesozoic mammals and early primates
  • Marine reptiles from the Jurassic of Svalbard
  • Dinosaurs from Norway and Svalbard

Off-shore Cenozoic biostratigraphy, paleoceanography, paleoclimatology

  • Radiolarians
    Responsible researcher: Kjell R. Bjørklund
  • Foraminiferans

Mathematics in geology

Masteroppgaver i paleontologi

Radiolarien Lophospyris pentagona
Røntgenbilde av en trilobitt, devon, Tyskland
Utgraving av ryggvirvler
Ryggvirvler av en 150 millioner år gammel plesiosaur – en svaneøgle – fra Svalbard.
Fossil av mosdyr
Nettmønstret bryozo (mosdyr) fra Svalbard, ca 270 millioner år gammel.
Published Apr 20, 2010 01:58 PM - Last modified May 21, 2010 03:37 PM