New frontiers

Palaeontologist at work overseas

BGS palaeontologists have an extensive portfolio of international work, often involving collaboration with other scientific institutions.

Map of overseas projects

International highlights:

Australia: New palynomorph descriptions will form the basis of a new biozonal scheme.
Middle East: Fossil pollen provides new insights into the geological history of Iran. In Oman, hydrocarbons reservoir rocks and hydrocarbons seal rocks have been characterised by distinct palynological assemblages.
Papua New Guinea: Foraminifera are used to document the post mid-Miocene subsidence of the sea floor. Hawaii: Studies of fossil-rich gravels on the flanks of volcanoes suggest emplacement by giant tidal waves.
Armenia: Palaeoecological studies of lake sediments adjacent to major fault systems to examine if changes in microfauna could be a precursor to major geological events.

Silurian Worm

UK highlights

Midland Valley of Scotland: Palaeoecological and palaeogeographical variation is discriminated in Carboniferous strata by statistical analysis of macrofossils
North-east Scotland: Construction of a revised biostratigraphical framework based on Middle Devonian fish.
Central Wales: Structurally complex successions are unravelled using graptolite faunas.
Southern Uplands: Discovery of rare soft-bodied worm-like fossils in Early Silurian rocks.
Southern England: Integration of palaeontological data with borehole geophysical log data and lithological data to produce high-resolution correlations in the Chalk Group.