Vertebrate Paleontology


vertebratepaleoVertebrate Paleontology is the study of fossil fishes, sharks, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals – animals with internal skeletons including a backbone composed of a series of vertebrae.

The IMNH collection holds over 100,000 specimens of fossil vertebrates, ranging in …



geologyRocks and the minerals are the building blocks of the earth. Modern technology and our society as a whole depend upon rocks and minerals as raw materials. In fact, rocks and minerals have supported the development of societies and civilizations …

Invertebrate Paleontology


invertebratepaleoInvertebrate Paleontology is the study of ancient animals without backbones. Most groups of invertebrates and geologic ages are represented in the IMNH collection, including sponges, corals, trilobites, insects, crustaceans, clams, snails, chitons, bryozoans, brachiopods, starfish, sea urchins, sand dollars, and …