Palaeontology is the study of life in the past through the fossilised beings and organisms that existed during geological times. The palaeontology group contains between 5 and 6 million specimens and microfossil slides, including 2 million lots of invertebrates and 450,000 vertebrates.

Collection momentarily inaccessible

Access to paleontology collections will be suspended from November 2019 to December 2020 to prepare the move of specimens to a new building. Only the paleobotany collection will remain accessible during this period. The collections of fossil invertebrates, micropaleontology and fossil fishes will be accessible at the beginning of May 2020.