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!
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Important Notice: Hiatus in Research Visits and Outgoing Loan Preparation
The Department of Paleobiology Collections Management team will cease preparing and shipping outgoing specimen loans for nine months beginning November 1, 2013. We will also be unable to host research visitors for a period of one year beginning on the same date. Please go to to this link for more details and contact information.