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Revitalization of the IU Paleontology Collection funded by the US National Science Foundation (DBI-0846697) under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

The IU Paleontology Collection is public trust research repository for fossil material. Its 1.3 million specimens document past research projects and serve as a resource for new synthetic research on stratigraphy, paleoecology, evolution, and the biotic effects of climate change. The Collection serves as a resource for paleontological research at Indiana University and the international scientific community. With permission from its curators, researchers may gain access to the Collection by visiting Indiana University or via loan.

IU Paleontology Collection Today

Give to the N. Gary Lane Paleontology Collection Fund

The N. Gary Lane Paleontology Collection Fund supports the infrastructure, curation, and staffing of the IU Paleontology Collection. Launched in 2016 to celebrate the reopening of the Collection after a seven year revitalization program, this fund is named after the late Gary Lane (1930-2006), who was an internationally recognized paleontological research and long-time member of IU's faculty.

Gary recognized the fundamental importance of a permanent repository for paleontological speciemens to meet IU's research needs professional and regulatory requirements of scientific publishers, grant agencies, and research permitters. The fund supports ongoing costs of housing and curating our material, as well as digitizing it to make it accessible to researchers around the world and to the public.

Our target is $1 million to support the salaries and activities of a full time collection manager and to meet costs for cabinetry, renovation, and materials. Please consider giving.

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Our localities

As part of an NSF-funded revitalization project, we are geocoding and databasing our fossil localities. Sites whose geocoding is complete are shown in this interactive map. Blue paddles show formation-level data by region, dark red paddles show location of geocoded IU localities, and the olive paddles show location of geocoded localities that use the older numbering system developed by E.R. Cumings.

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[Browse formation-level inventory]

Our fossils

Megastrophia concava

The brachiopod Megastrophia concava from the Devonian of Indiana.
Locality: Speed Quary, Silver Creek, Clark Co., Indiana (IU L-134).

Digital repository

For more digital specimens visit our Imago digital repository:

Notes from Nature

The IU Paleo Collection has teamed with Notes from Nature to bring our digitized fossils to your desktop. You can view our fossils and help us with curation at the same time.

Our publications

Ascari, S. 2015. Isotopic Analyses of Fossil Bones and Teeth of Herbivores and Crocodiles from Upper Bed I, Lower Bed II, and Upper Bed II of the Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania. Masters Thesis, Indiana University. [See all]