Paleontology Collections

The Museum's Paleontology collections contain an estimated 4.75 million specimens.

They are divided into four collection units: Fossil Amphibians, Reptiles, and Birds (FARB); Fossil Fish; Fossil Invertebrates; and Fossil Mammals.

The Division of Paleontology also houses an extensive archive of materials relating to the history of the Division and its collections, including fieldnotes, manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, scientific illustrations, and works of art. You can find out more about the Paleontology archives by clicking on the link below.

Information on many of the specimens in the collections can be accessed on-line using the Division’s collection database. To search the database, click on the link below.

To discover what's involved in caring for and managing fossil collections, click on the "Collections Management" link below.