Invertebrate Paleontologyconducts 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 and evolutionary patterns during key time periods in the history of life.
The invertebrate paleontology collection is ranked among the top 10 largest fossil invertebrate collections in the country and has over 900,000 fossil invertebrate and microfossil specimens from all over the world, including more than 6000 type specimens. These specimens have been used in paleontological research for over 125 years. The collection has taxonomic strengths in Cambrian trilobites; Upper Paleozoic invertebrates of the mid-continent; Cambrian soft-bodied faunas from Utah; brachiopods; echinoderms; and Mesozoic cephalopods from the mid-continent. Research access to the collections is arranged on a case-by-case basis. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for additional details.