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Vertebrate Paleontology Department


The Vertebrate Paleontology collection in the Museum of Comparative Zoology is managed and employed as a resource for research and teaching in the areas of vertebrate evolution, functional anatomy and systematics. Since its founding in 1859, the MCZ has amassed approximately 90,000 specimens of fossil fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals.


The Vertebrate Paleontology Preparation Facility has the capability to undertake all but the largest preparation tasks. Three permanent preparation stations have state of the art equipment and are currently designed with microscopic preparation as the primary focus. One workstation is dedicated to graduate student use. Acid preparation is undertaken in a laboratory on the second floor of the MCZ Laboratories. Table space for specimen layout is available to manage projects with multiple or large specimens.