Department of Palaeontology and Geology

Our activities in brief
The basis of our research is the taxonomical identification of fossils. In this process the items of different localities are assigned by scientific names while the wonderful richness of ancient wildlife gets revealed. The investigations focus on the fossils and geological history of the Carpathian-Pannonian region, which help us to understand and reconstruct the history of the biosphere and the ancient wildlife of the Carpathian Basin.

The most significant fossil groups in our collections are the foraminifera, molluscs (bivalves, gastropods, cephalopods), tentaculata (bryozoans and brachiopods) and the vertebrates (fish, reptiles, birds and mammals).  Although we preserve fossils from the last half billion years of history of Earth, most of our specimens are from the Mesozoic and Cenozoic eras. While the focus of our research is on the palaeontological, stratigraphical and palaeobiogeographical studies of the Mesozoic era (especially the Triassic and Jurassic invertebrates and Cretaceous vertebrates), significant scientific processing of Neogene invertebrates and Pleistocene vertebrates is under way.
Read more on our research here.

Galéria képei: 
Bérbaltavár 2012