Invertebrate Paleontology conducts research, research training and graduate education on the world’s fossil invertebrates – their relevance to evolutionary theory, their phylogenetic significance, as well as their paleobiogeography, paleoecology, and morphology. These studies are grounded in research collections of more than 900,000 specimens and their associated data. Research in Invertebrate Paleontology focuses on macroevolutionary theory, the Cambrian radiation and the late Ordovician mass extinction.


From the Biodiversity Institute Blogs

The Quest for the Holy Holotype

While working on a detailed phylogenetic revision of a group of trilobites, I ran into a particularly problematic taxon known only from one small, severely broken specimen. Due to various taxonomic...

Posted in Fieldnotes
A Symposium and an Ancient Seaway

This past month I co-chaired a technical session at the national Geological Society of America conference in Denver. The session was entitled "Paleontology, Paleobiogeography, and Stratigraphy...

Posted in Lab Notes

The collection may also be browsed online via our DiGIR Portal, Specify 5 Web Access, and the Paleontology Portal.

Invertebrate Paleontology at a Glance

(Fossil Mollusks, Trilobites, Brachiopods, Crinoids and Corals)
Established: 1884
Collection Strengths: 900,000 specimens
Research Strengths:
Phylogenetic patterns in arthropods; paleobiogeography; and the study of the Cambrian radiation
Bruce Lieberman 785.864.2741
Collection Manager(s):
Una Farrell 785.864.2747