Vietnamese paleontological samples collection

The component project "Building a collection of Vietnam's paleontological samples" code: BSTMV. 28/15-18 was accepted, assessed, and graded as Excellent by National Council of Science and Technology on October 22, 2021.

This component project is directed by MSc. Doan Dinh Hung and chaired by Vietnam Museum of Nature, with the following objectives: To build a set of Vietnamese paleontological specimens for display and research to meet the standards of Vietnam  Museum of Nature; Improve the research capacity of the unit and the community's understanding of nature.

Currently, this is also the largest and most complete collection of paleontological samples in Vietnam. A rich and diverse set of fossils representing stratigraphy from Cambrian to Quaternary in Vietnam territory, includes fossil specimens of Coliced Arms, Trilobites, Stone Pens, Bivalves, Hard Shells, Cone Shells, Sea Lily, Gastropods, Head paws, Corals, Floor Holes, Holeworms, Mosses, Sponges, Filamentous, Ancient Fish, Crocodiles, Scorpions, Turtles, Carnivores, Plants, Spores and Pollen, Algae, Stromatolit, Traces of biological activity, Mammals.

The component project implemented in period 2015-2020 has collected 5364 fossil samples of all kinds, of which 1279 samples/exhibition specimens and 4085 research samples/specimens are included in the National Specimen Collection. The set of samples contributes to enriching and diversifying exhibits for the geological, paleontological array in particular and the museum in general. It also processed 1250 paleontological and petrographic thin slices, 650 results of silicate analysis, 180 results of paleontological analysis, 120 results of pollen spore analysis and 350 results of scanning electron microscopy serve as a basis for samples study and identification.

a. Stone Pen Desmograptus sp.; b. c. Ordovician-aged Pentacrinoidea sea lily was obtained from Ly Quoc commune, Ha Lang district, Cao Bang province

Fossils of the PhuNgu Formation (O3 pn) were obtained from Na Dam, Xuan Duong commune, Na Ri district, Bac Kan province. a. Roller arm Paralenorthis sp.; b. Hand roll Pionodema opima; c. Dictyonema

In addition, the component project has published 10 articles in international journals, including 09 articles under the ISI system, 01 articles published in domestic journals, 02 articles in conferences and seminars; Published 01 monograph book “CATALOGUE OF THE FOSSILS HELD IN THE VIETNAM NATIONAL MUSEUM OF NATURE” - Volume 1 “Stratigraphy and fossils of the Cambrian, Ordovician, Silurian periods”; and Supported training 02 masters of science majoring in paleontology.

The specimens collection is diverse, rich and qualified for display with fossils representing stratigraphy from Cambrian to Quaternary in the territory of Vietnam, making an important contribution to the collection and protection endangered fossils. This is a set of documents in the study of Vietnam's development history and quality history.

The specimen collection meets the need to expand the exhibition block on life history in the near future according to the orientation and expansion plan of the Vietnam Museum of Nature. Contributing to enrich the collection of specimens and exhibits for Vietnam Museum of Nature and the member museums in the Vietnam Nature Museum System.

Fossils of Trilobites of Dai Giang Formation (S3-4 dg) Cam Lo, Quang Binh

Sponge fossils Hon Quan Formation (P3 hq) Loc Thinh commune, Loc Ninh district, Binh Phuoc province

Fossils of Cuc Dat Dray Linh Formation (J1 dl) collected in Cu Jut district, Dak Nong province

Fossils in the Na Duong Formation (E2nd) were obtained from the Na Duong coal mine, Loc Binh district, Lang Son province. A. Fossil crocodile head; B. Turtle fossils; C-D. Petrified wood

Mammal fossils in Thuong River bed

Translated by Phuong Ha
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