Queensland Museum collection

Palaeontologists collecting fossilsThe Queensland museum collection began in the 1870s and consists of 52,000 fossil specimens; 19,000 rock and mineral specimens; 1,470 fossil locality lots; and approximately 300 meteorites and tektites. The collection is 80% databased.

Invertebrate and plant fossils

This collection covers all fossil invertebrate and plant phyla from Queensland, and representative specimens from around the world, particularly in early to middle Palaeozoic times.

It has particular strengths in:

  • corals
  • trilobites
  • Palaeozoic brachiopods and molluscs
  • Triassic insects
  • Cretaceous faunas
  • echinoderms of all ages
  • microspores and pollen

Vertebrate fossils

This collection is the most significant in Australia, containing:

  • the largest collection of Mesozoic reptiles, including Australia’s largest dinosaur collection (with Muttaburrasaurus being the main icon)
  • the biggest collection of marine reptile fossils (including Queensland’s own Kronosaurus)
  • a wide variety of Tertiary and Quaternary mammals and other vertebrates

Riversleigh collection

This collection consists of approximately 16,000 specimens, including 2,500 types. It includes all specimens recovered from the Riversleigh Fossil field, forming the world heritage value of this site. The collection is currently on loan to the University of New South Wales.

Mineralogical collections

These are historical collections representing the mineral and mining history of Queensland. They comprise 55,000 rock samples and 27,000 mineralogical and lithological specimens, and a small collection of meteorites.