Geological Collections

The CASP rock and fossil collections are a growing scientific archive of over 20,000 specimens of international significance. The samples have been collected during the course of fieldwork in areas including Afghanistan, Albania, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada (Ellesmere Island), China, Croatia, Ethiopia, Falklands, Georgia, eastern Greenland, Iran, Kazakhstan, Libya, Moldova, Montenegro, Oman, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey, Ukraine and Russia (Pai-Khoi, Baikal, Western Caucasus, Sakhalin, West Siberia, Taimyr, Timan Pechora and Novaya Zemlya). Specimens are accurately located with lithostratigraphic and biostratigraphic data. Newer material has been entered into the GIS database. Sample types include sandstones for provenance analysis and sedimentology, mudstones for geochemistry, micropalaeontology and palynology, and macrofossils for biostratigraphy and palaeoenvironmental reconstructions.


The CASP Collection is available for future research. Enquiries about the collection are welcome from both industry and academia.

Type and Figured Specimens

Published type and figured specimens have been transferred to the Sedgwick Museum, University of Cambridge. Future published palaeontological material collected in Greenland will be transferred to the Geological Museum, Copenhagen.

Contact our curator:
Simon Kelly