MGPalaeo offers both office-based and wellsite palynology, covering all parts of the geologic column and utilizing our highly refined palynological zonation scheme built upon decades of work to give you quality biostratigraphic control.


In addition to palynology, we also provide a suite of biostratigraphic services, including micropalaeontology and phytolith analyses.

Palynological analyses can be performed using outcrop, cuttings, ditch, sidewall, and core samples, and can be used to provide:

  • Age determination (high resolution to broad-scale dating (Permian vs Miocene, for example)
  • Well-to-well or coal seam-to-coal seam correlations
  • Unconformity or fault identification
  • Sequence biostratigraphy
  • Formation fingerprinting

We require approximately 20g of rock in order to produce palynological slides for analysis, with the best results coming from siltstones and shales of grey to green colour. However, we can also effectively work with coarse sandstones and coals.

Our staff are happy to discuss any proposed sampling program with you to ensure the best results possible and best value for money. This can be for new wells or review projects.

Palynomorphs are sensitive to high temperature and to recrystallisation processes in rocks and therefore not generally preserved in metamorphic rocks, secondary cemented or recrystallised rock such as dolomite, or in rocks in which the organic matter has been carbonised by heat.


Our palynological services include:

  • Standard Palynological Analyses
  • Hot shots – 24-hour turn-around on samples, including processing and standard analysis
  • Palynofacies and thermal maturity studies
  • Legacy reviews
  • Multi-well studies
  • Coal Palynology
  • Integration with micropalaeontology (nannofossils, forams/larger benthic forams) and other dating methods, including Strontium Isotope Stratigraphy and Argon dating through our affiliation with CSIRO
  • Palaeoenvironmental reconstructions

Our MGPalaeo biostratigraphers can work with you, at your office or ours, helping to develop/refine your project in the best way possible. Please contact us to discuss your requirements or ideas.

MGPalaeo works closely with John Rexilius, Australia’s foremost expert on micropalaeontology, on projects right across Australia and SE Asia.

We can provide foraminiferal and calcareous nannofossil processing to the highest standards.

Phytoliths are robust, microscopic siliceous plant remains, produced when soluble silica in ground water is absorbed by plants. They have been recorded from the Late Devonian in diverse environmental settings.

Phytolith analyses are particularly useful for:

  • Palaeoenvironmental reconstructions
  • Archaeology
  • Anthropology

MGPalaeo has an effective processing methodology for phytoliths, and works closely with Lynley Wallis from Wallis Heritage Consulting, experts in Aboriginal cultural heritage and archaeological research.