BGS palaeontologists have a unique breadth of experience in geological problem solving in the UK and overseas. We have expertise in rock successions of all geological ages, covering all the major microfossil groups (spores, pollen, dinoflagellate cysts, foraminifera, acritarchs, diatoms, chitinozoa, conodonts), as well as broad expertise in Palaeozoic and Mesozoic macropalaeontology
Petroleum exploration and development:
Building and civil engineering:
Biostratigraphical and lithostratigraphical interpretation of the Chalk Group as a component of 3D digital geological modelling of the Chalk aquifer. We have particular expertise in the use of outcrop and cored borehole data to calibrate borehole geophysical logs and extrapolate interpretations into uncored boreholes.
Micropalaeontology, especially palynology, has considerable value in determining the likely provenance of rock and soil samples that may be important aspects of criminal and civil investigations.
Palaeontology sometimes has application in archaeological investigations. For example, palaeontologists have helped in determining the provenance of materials used to construct Roman mosaics in southern England, in determining the composition of 'wichetts' from central England and in the reconstruction of the ancient coastal environment at Boxgrove, near Chichester, inhabited by Homo heidelbergensis ('Archaic Homo sapiens') or the 'Boxgrove People'
We are able to provide bespoke training courses in many aspects of palaeontology and biostratigraphy. Click here for more information.
For more information about the above Consultancy Services click here to contact a member of the BGS palaeontology and biostratigraphy staff.