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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Department of Paleobiology

Our mission is to increase public and scientific understanding of the biological and environmental history of Earth through the study of fossil animals, plants, and protists. In addition to performing scientific research, we assemble and curate fossil collections that are studied by scientists from around the country and the world, we exhibit extraordinary fossils in the public spaces of our Museum and we help train future generations of paleontologists.

The Paleobiology Department is celebrating its 50th year!

For more Paleobiology Department history click on the Pteranodon (1930 mount)

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