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Palaeontology Preparation Laboratories

An isolated sclerite of Wiwaxia from the Lower Cambrian Mount Cap Formation, NW Canada; the microstructure preserved in this fossil reveals its close relationship to the polychaete worms.
We have laboratories which are equipped for acid preparation of microfossils: acetic acid is used for digestion of carbonates and another laboratory is equipped for palynological HF dissolution and etching of siliceous material.


A further laboratory is available for routine fossil preparation, including use of an air abrasive machine.

We also have facilities for taphonomy experiments (including incubator chambers), and small aquaria for growth and culturing of microbial and invertebrate communities. Additional laboratory space is available for the production of fossil replicas.

For enquiries, please contact Professor Nick Butterfield.