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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.

Note new address to return collections: Research Museums Center, 3600 Varsity Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48108

Museum Collection Statistics

Vertebrate Collection

Estimated total specimens: 100,000

Cataloged specimens: 80,000

Holotype specimens: 300


Dr. Fisher
Dr. Friedman
Dr. Gingerich, emeritus
Dr. Wilson Mantilla

Invertebrate Collection

Estimated total specimens: 2,000,000

Cataloged specimens: 300,000

I. Total specimens in Type, Figured, and Cited Collection: 14,029

II. Number of Primary Types: 4,960

   a. ICZN name bearing specimens (holotypes, lectotypes, neotypes, syntypes, or equivalent): 2,057

   b. Paratypes or equivalent: 2,903

III. Number of hyptotypes, figured, cited or equivalent: 9,069


Dr. Baumiller, emeritus

Dr. Fisher

Paleobotany Collection

Estimated total specimens: 15,000

Cataloged specimens: 10,000

Holotype specimens: 50

Micropaleontology Collection

Estimated total specimens: 100,000

Cataloged specimens: 5,000

Holotype specimens: 100