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USGS Denver Paleontology Collection


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Since its inception in 1879, the USGS has collected and preserved geoscience data and sample collections, which include millions of paleobiological specimens stored in USGS facilities and at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) in Washington, D.C. As one of the largest paleontological collections in the world, the USGS paleontology collection is invaluable, as many specimens may no longer be collected due to high field collection costs or inaccessibility to sampling sites, which have been restricted, urbanized, or modified via landscape processes. The USGS Denver Paleontology Collection includes ~1.2 million specimens stored in 1000 Smithsonian museum cases. The primary collections stored in the Denver [...]

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Kevin C McKinney

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Material Request Instructions

Access to the USGS Denver Paleontology collection may be requested by contacting the Collection Curator, Kevin (Casey) McKinney,, 303-236-7561.


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