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Collections

The University of Michigan Museum of Paleontology (UMMP) is a research museum devoted to study the history of life, interpretation of its meaning, and sharing these experiences with students.

UMMP is the intellectual home of paleontology at Michigan. It provides staff, laboratory, and field support for faculty and students to enable new and original empirical investigations of the history of life.

UMMP provides space and facilities for conserving, organizing, and studying collections of fossil specimens and accompanying information resulting from field investigations.

Access to Collections

The Museum of Paleontology houses an extensive archive of specimens. The archives are open to bona fide academic visitors, subject to appointment. Requests to study specimens should be made in writing (by letter or e-mail) and addressed to the appropriate curator. Procedures for requesting access to the archive can be found on the access to collections page of this site.

Museum Collection Statistics

Vertebrate Collection

Estimated total specimens

  100,000

Cataloged specimens

  80,000

Holotype specimens

  300

Curators

Dr. Fisher
Dr. Gingerich
Dr. Wilson

 

Invertebrate Collection   

Estimated total specimens

2,000,000

Cataloged specimens

300,000

 

 

I.  Total specimens in Type, Figured, and Cited Collection

14029

 

II. Number of Primary Types

4960

     a. ICZN name bearing specimens   (holotypes, lectotypes, neotypes, syntypes, or equivalent)  

2057

     b. Paratypes or equivalent     

2903

III. Number of hypotypes, figured, cited, or equivalent

9069

Curators

Dr. Baumiller,
Dr. Fisher
 

Paleobotany Collection

Estimated total specimens

15,000

Cataloged specimens

10,000

Holotype specimens

50

Curators

Dr. Burnham

Micropaleontology Collection

Estimated total specimens

100,000

Cataloged specimens

5,000

Holotype specimens

100

Curators

Daniel J. Miller
(Contact Invertebrate Collection Manager)