The Institute of Paleobiology (formerly the Institute of
Paleozoology) is one of the oldest units of the Polish Academy of
Sciences; established in December, 1952.
In all rankings by the State Committee for Scientific Research,
the Institute has been granted the highest category. Among its 40
staff members, 18 are researchers (among them six full
professors). The Institute is certified for awarding Ph.D. and
D.Sc. degrees in geology. The Institute is publisher of the
quarterly journal Acta Palaeontologica Polonica, ranked 14th among
49 international paleontological journals listed by ISI.
Since its start, the Institute has conducted biologically-oriented research on ancient life. Descriptions of fossil biota are accompanied by comparative studies of their Recent counterparts. The results of such studies are useful for both Earth and life sciences. The scope of its research covers vertebrates, invertebrates and microfossils of various origins. The Institute is renowned throughout the world and participates extensively in international cooperation. It has organized and participated in scientific expeditions to various areas of the world (Mongolia, Spitsbergen, Antarctica). Studies of paleofloras began in 1990, and a year later a biogeological research programme started, integrating life sciences with Earth sciences.
Understanding the fossil record as a foundation of knowledge
about the history and evolution of the living world and as a
source of intellectual inspiration.
Maintaining the highest quality of research in pace with the
developments in global science and furthering the advancement of
academic staff in order to maintain its leading role in
The mission of the Institute is realized through
interdisciplinary research at the interface of biology, geology,
and related fields, sharing the results internationally in widely
accessible publications, and promoting both national and
international cooperation. In particular, we emphasize further
exploration of Poland and other areas to obtain research material,
developing paleontological collections, improving the quality of
laboratory facilities, and spreading the knowledge on the history
of life on Earth, which makes it necessary to continue our
participation in teaching at the university level.