Geosciences research

Queensland Museum's research on the fossils, geology and minerals of Queensland and adjacent regions is conducted by the Geosciences Program. This research spans the record of life on earth, from plant fossils and pollen to dinosaurs and other animal fossils, some collected over 150 years ago.

Queensland has the most comprehensive fossil heritage in Australia, dating back 1700 million years. Our palaeontological and geological staff are committed to recovering this record in the rocks and telling the story of our past.

The Museum is at the forefront of Australian palaeontology, with a strong focus on basic palaeontology. This basic knowledge of species that inhabited this region over vast geological time has many applications for science and industry, including resource prospecting, climate projection and land management.

Geosciences staff provide authoritative information to a wide variety of communities through publications, consultancies, advisory services, collection reference and education services.

Research facilities and collections

Research facilities and fossil and mineral collections are located primarily at the Hendra Annexe in Brisbane. They include:

  • laboratories for fossil preparation and reconstruction
  • an extensive research library containing specialist literature including many rare books on the natural world
  • Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) facilities at our South Bank Brisbane museum.