Access to Collections

Paleontology at Michigan is organized in four subdisciplines: vertebrate paleontology, invertebrate paleontology, paleobotany, and micropaleontology. These are "curatorial sections" in the Museum of Paleontology and reflect how collections are organized. Resources devoted to subdisciplines and museum sections reflect, to some extent, the history of interest and activity in each.

Requests to study specimens should be made in writing (by letter or email) and addressed to the appropriate curator. It is important that requests to study specimens be made well in advance of any anticipated visit because curators are sometimes in the field, and access to some collections involves logistical complications. It is also important that requests be sufficiently detailed that notice can be given if specimens of interest are on loan elsewhere or currently under study here.

Copies of requests to study Invertebrate and Vertebrate specimens may be sent to the Invertebrate Collection Manager or to the Vertebrate Collection Manager, as appropriate.