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National Paleontology Collection

The National Paleontological Collection (NPC) includes a large number of type and figured specimens, and comprehensive stratigraphic and geological collections of fossil taxa from New Zealand and its surrounding area (including Antarctica). It also includes extensive molluscan, foraminiferal, and palynological systematic reference collections, important historical collections, foreign reference material, and modern specimens for comparison.

The collections date from 1865 and are the most comprehensive in New Zealand. The NPC includes associated electronic, card, and paper files. Collections include invertebrates, vertebrates and plants.


Collection Type Count
Arthropoda (AR) Type 1351
Brachiopoda (BR) Type 3150
Bryozoa (BZ) Type 242
Chordata (CD) Type 775
Cephalopoda (CE) Type 2827
Cnidaria (CO) Type 1330
Echinodermata (EC) Type 873
Macrofossil Collection (GS) Bulk 15806
Type Mollusca (TM) Type 7763
World Mollusca (WM) Type 0


Collection Type Count
Conodonta (CN) Bulk 1130
Type Conodonta (CNP) Type 0
Diatoms (D) Bulk 783
Calcareous Microfossil (F) Bulk 39416
Radiolaria (RD) Bulk 3346
Type Foraminifer (TF) Type 0


Collection Type Count
Plant Macrofossils (B) Bulk 1456
Plant Microfossils (L) Bulk 24293

Contact: Marianna Terezow and John Simes