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Department of Geological Sciences
Indiana University
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Bloomington, IN 47405-1405


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Adams Zooarchaeology Collection
IU Herbarium
Glenn Black Lab of Archaeology

Revitalization of the IU Paleontology Collection funded by the US National Science Foundation (DBI-0846697) under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

The IU Paleontology Collection is public trust research repository for fossil material. Its 1.3 million specimens document past research projects and serve as a resource for new synthetic research on stratigraphy, paleoecology, evolution, and the biotic effects of climate change. The Collection serves as a resource for paleontological research at Indiana University and the international scientific community. With permission from its curators, researchers may gain access to the Collection by visiting Indiana University or via loan.

Attend our Open House, April 30, 2016

You are invited to attend an Open House to celebrate the re-opening of the Indiana University Paleontology Collection. We have just moved the entire Collection into new facilities with financial assistance from the National Science Foundation and the College of Arts and Sciences and have embarked on a partnership with the IU Herbarium and William R. Adams Zooarchaeology Collection to invigorate research using the University's extensive and unique specimen holdings. This Open House celebrates these developments by welcoming you into all three collections. Prof. William Ausich, a prominent paleontologist and IU Alum, will speak about life in the ancient Midwest and about the importance of the IU Paleontology Collection for scientific research.

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Our localities

As part of an NSF-funded revitalization project, we are geocoding and databasing our fossil localities. Sites whose geocoding is complete are shown in this interactive map. Blue paddles show formation-level data by region, dark red paddles show location of geocoded IU localities, and the olive paddles show location of geocoded localities that use the older numbering system developed by E.R. Cumings.

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[Browse formation-level inventory]

Our fossils

Lithostrotion hormodites

The rugose coral Lithostrotion hormodites from the Ste. Genevieve Limeston (Mississippian).
Locality: Lanesville, IN.

Our publications

Rödder D., A. M. Lawing, M. Flecks, F. Ahmadzadeh, J. Dambach, J. O. Engler, J. C. Habel, T. Hartmann, D. Hörnes, F. Ihlow, K. Schidelko, D. Stiels, and P. D. Polly. 2013 Evaluating the Significance of Paleophylogeographic Species Distribution Models in Reconstructing Quaternary Range-Shifts of Nearctic Chelonians. PLoS ONE 8(10): e72855. [See all]