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.