The Invertebrate Paleontology Collection represents one of the oldest systematic invertebrate paleontological collections in North America with over 1 million specimens, including 10,000 type specimens. Strengths of the collection include a number of European collections from many historic localities, post-Cambrian trilobites, Paleozoic through Tertiary cephalopods, and Tertiary mollusks.
Number of Specimens
% of Specimens
|Post Paleozoic Antrozoans||4,500||0.43|
|Small Conical Shells||815||0.08|
*Estimate of collection holdings as of 2003.
We now estimate that we have approximately 2 million specimens, including just over 10,000 type and figured specimens.
Type Specimen Holdings
Databasing of the collection began in 1995 and remains an ongoing project. Approximately 194,000 records, including all type specimens, have been databased. Much of the specimen data was captured from old catalog ledgers, some which date back to the founding of the Museum of Comparative Zoology in 1859.Upgrading taxonomy, specimen and stratigraphic data is a continuing effort. It is an integral part of the databasing process, allowing the most up-to-date specimen data to be captured. Since 2001, the department has worked with various professional paleontologists as consultants for this project. Thus far, information has been updated on the following collections:
- Paleozoic bivalves
- Charles Walcott’s Collection from Walcott Rust Quarry in Central New York
- Fisk Holbrook Day Collection of Silurian Reef material from Wisconsin and Illinois
- Czech trilobites from the Jan Michal Schary Collection
- Devonian brachiopods from Germany
- Permian brachiopods from the Glass Mountains of West Texas