Earth Collections: Palaeocene and Eocene database

The geological timescale

Palaeocene fossils form a relatively small proportion of the Museum's geological holdings, as following the end-Cretaceous global extinction, biotic recovery was slow, so fossils are relatively few and lack diversity. Eocene fossils form a larger part of the Museum's holdings; this is partly because diversity had recovered from the K-T extinction event, and partly due to the accessibility of richly fossiliferous Eocene deposits in Southern England and elsewhere. In total Palaeocene and Eocene holdings number over 1500 registered items.

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