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 is suspended from November 2018 to November 2019 to prepare the move of specimens to a new building. Only the paleobotany collection remains accessible during this period.