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Norwegian center for paleontology (NORPAL)

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.

fossil ichtyosaur "Gamla"
Cryopterygius kristiansenae, jurassic ichthyosaur from Svalbard.

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 adiolaria Lophospyris pentagona.
X-ray of a trilobite.
Bryozoan (Fenestella) from Svalbard, appx. 270 mill. years old.

Please note: As from January 2017 we (the palaeontologists and geologists) have moved from the museum facilities inside the Botanical garden, to the new research facility at Økern (Økern or Risløkka underground stations), new visiting street address: Kabelgata 40. Postal address remains the same. 

Published Sep. 14, 2015 2:06 PM - Last modified Sep. 1, 2022 6:32 AM