Our mission is to increase public and scientific understanding of the biological and environmental history of Earth through the study of fossil animals, plants, and protists. In addition to performing scientific research, we assemble and curate fossil collections that are studied by scientists from around the country and the world, we exhibit extraordinary fossils in the public spaces of our Museum and we help train future generations of paleontologists.
Further Your Research
We have over 40 million fossil specimens from around the world. Follow the links below to learn how our collections can further your research.
We are accepting proposals that support research, collections, or educational projects or programs related to taphonomy, “The study of the transition of organic remains and traces from the biosphere to the lithosphere.” Proposal submission deadline is June 1st, with later applications considered as long as funds are available for that year. Please see attached information regarding the call for proposals.
Recent findings, published in the journal Current Biology, examine a rich fossil bed in the renowned Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park (BISP) in Nevada’s Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, where many 50-foot-long ichthyosaurs (Shonisaurus popularis) lay petrified in stone.