Welcome to the C.O.R.E. Website on Orsten-Fossils and Research

Enjoy our re-established and continuously re-growing 'Orsten' web page. Feel free to send us an email; any kind of support, suggestions, additions, critics, etc. is gratefully acknowledged.

Enjoy our 'Orsten' brochure from 2004 as a slide show: Move the cursor inside the image to pause it. We are working on a new version.

What You Find on this Website


Learn more about the 'Orsten' fossils and the C.O.R.E. work group


Learn how we do research on the 'Orsten' fossils, including SEM work, stereo images and 3D reconstructions / 3D modelling

'Orsten' Fossils

Learn more about the various 'Orsten' species / taxa

'Orsten' Research

Learn more about the teams that do research on the 'Orsten' fauna


A list of publications about research on the 'Orsten' and similarly preserved fossils

Our collection of 3D models:

'Orsten' Fossil of the Month

Young of the phosphatocopid Hesslandona angustata from China (from Liu et al. 2019)

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Most Recent Papers

  • Liu T. et al. 2019. Soft-tissue anatomy of an Orsten-type phosphatocopid crustacean from the Cambrian Furongian of China revealed by synchrotron radiation X-ray tomographic microscopy. N. Jb. Geol. Paläont. 94(3), 263-274.
  • Shao et al. 2019. New macrobenthic cycloneuralians from the Fortunian (lowermost Cambrian) of South China. Precamb. Res., https://doi.org/10.1016/j.precamres.2019.105413

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