The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences' Paleobotany Collection contains approximately 1600 specimens. Founded in the early 1900s, the collection consists of approximately 21% North Carolina material as well as material from 25 states and 13 countries representing 109 genera. The Paleobotany Collection includes an important fossil wood collection from Big Bend National Park in Texas, Triassic plants from North Carolina, and Pennsylvanian age plants from the famous Mazon Creek locality in Illinois and the Pottsville Formation of Alabama.
Due to an upcoming collections move the Paleontology Unit is not currently accepting loan requests. Specimen rehousing and transfer is expected to continue through 2018, during which time large portions of the collections will be unavailable for visitation and research. Requests to visit the collections will be considered on a case by case basis; however, requestors are advised to expect and plan for significant delays in access. For more information, or to schedule a paleobotany collections visit, please contact Vince Schneider, Curator of Paleontology, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919.707.9939