GB3D Type Fossils

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      GB ah2 gbah2-gb3dtypefossils
  • Dates of Creation
      2.5 million - 150000 BCE (Lower Palaeolithic)
      150000 - 40000 BCE (Middle Palaeolithic)
      40000 - 8000 BCE (Upper Palaeolithic)
      8000 - 5000 BCE (Early Neolithic)
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  • Physical Description
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Scope and Content

This collection currently holds examples of macrofossil types found in the UK, and will develop in future to include examples from collections based around the world.

A macrofossil is a fossil that can be held in the hand and examined with the naked eye or a handheld lens - photographs of macrofossil types held in British collections are available for users of this collection to search, examine, download and share for non-commercial purposes. A video showing stills and 3-D models of selected fossils can also be viewed on the homepage.

Institutions who have contributed to the database include the Sedgwick Museum, Oxford University, National Museum of Wales, Geological Curator' Group and the collection's publishers – British Geological Survey.

The study of fossils provides insight into the Earth's history, how creatures evolved, continents separated and environments changed across vast periods of time. Fossil types available to view in the database include ammonites, belemnites, fish, corals and trilobites.

Access Information

Unless otherwise stated, content within this collection is licensed under Creative Commons.


This is a description of an Online Resource. Online Resources are websites that describe, interpret and provide access to archives. They often provide access to digital content but they may also describe physical materials. They usually cover a theme or topic, such as an individual, a movement, or an important historical event.

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A Jisc funded digitisation initiative. Publisher: British Geological Survey, Sedgwick Museum, Oxford University, National Museum of Wales, Geological Curator' Group

Additional Information

Students, teachers and researchers working in the areas of geology, palaeontology, environmental studies and other earth sciences will benefit most from this collection.

Users can examine still photographs, specimen metadata, 3-D models and stereo photographs – for which specimens have been photographed in pairs to be viewed through red/cyan glasses.

It is also possible to print 3-D models of some fossils for further study and competitions are occasionally held on the collection's blog - accessible from the collection site - to see who can print out the best 3-D model.