Fossil Invertebrates

Part of Kuban's Paleo Place

This site provides links to Internet resources on fossil invertebrates (animals without backbones), which are the most commonly collected fossils. Included are microfossils as well as major invertebrate groups such as corals, bryozoans, brachiopods, molluscs, crinoids, insects, and the ever-popular trilobites .

Glen J. Kuban




Microfossils include any fossils too small to see clearly with the naked eye. These include many groups of microscopic (often one-celled) ancient organisms. Despite their small size, microfossils are important in several areas of paleontology, including studies of stratigraphy, paleoenvironments, and paleoclimates. Microfossils are often studied in drill cores by the oil industry for producing biostratigraphic correlations that help locate oil deposits.