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.
The online catalogue is progressively being populated with backlog and newly-acquired data. It currently holds the following records. Information on type specimens can be accessed here.
|Macrofossil Collection (GS)||Bulk||15825|
|Type Mollusca (TM)||Type||7853|
|World Mollusca (WM)||Type||4|
|Type Conodonta (CNP)||Type||0|
|Calcareous Microfossil (F)||Bulk||39416|
|Type Foraminifer (TF)||Type||390|
|Plant Macrofossils (B)||Bulk||1456|
|Plant Microfossils (L)||Bulk||24291|