The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences' Invertebrate Paleontology Collection contains approximately 56,000 specimens in over 11,000 lots representing more than 1400 species. Founded in the late 1800s, the majority of this collection (80%) consists of fossils from North Carolina; however, in total, fossil specimens from 40 U.S. states and 39 countries are represented. The Invertebrate Paleontology Collection contains an important North Carolina and Southeast Regional collection of Cenozoic and Mesozoic molluscan, echinoderm, and crustacean fossils (including a number of type specimens), along with a small but significant collection of Ediacaran body and trace fossils from south-central North Carolina. Our collections consist of an array of individual specimens, slabs containing multiple specimens/taxa, microfossils, matrix samples, and supporting legacy data.

For information regarding the collection or to schedule an invertebrate paleontology collections visit, please contact Christian Kammerer, Research Curator of Paleontology, at christian.kammerer@naturalsciences.org or 919.707.9939.

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