AMNH Invertebrate Paleontology Collection

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The dataset contains taxonomic, geographic and stratigraphic data for 7000 specimen lots of Foraminifera and Ostracoda Microfossils housed at the American Museum of Natural History

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American Museum of Natural History Invertebrate Paleontology Collection (AMNH)


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Specimen; Fossil Invertebrates; Micropaleontology; Protista; Foraminifera; Ostracoda; Mollusca; Bivalvia; Gastropoda; Echinodermata; Cephalopoda; Arthropoda; Trilobita; Porifera; Nautiloidea; Ammonoidea; Echinoidea; Crinoidea; Brachiopoda; Occurrence


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Taxonomic Coverage

Fossil Invertebrates, Micropaleontology, Protista, Foraminifera, Ostracoda, Mollusca, Bivalvia, Gastropoda, Echinodermata, Cephalopoda, Arthropoda, Trilobita, Porifera, Nautiloidea, Ammonoidea, Echinoidea, Crinoidea, Brachiopoda

Kingdom Protista
Phylum Foraminifera

Project Data

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Title CSBR: Natural History Collections: Support for the AMNH Invertebrate Paleontology Collection; Addressing a critical need to conserve and digitize the Microfossil Collection
Identifier NSF #1203394
Funding National Science Foundation
Study Area Description The Foraminifera and Ostracoda Microfossil collection at the American Museum of Natural History was established in 1935 and contains 7000 specimen lots keyed into seminal monographs on foraminifera and ostracoda.The collection is important because of its broad range, making it possible to study the diversity of these organisms and their distribution geographically, and over geologic time. The collection was at risk due to suboptimal storage and lack of databasing. Specimens were identified, rehoused, conserved and catalogued. Data associated with specimens are made available to the public and researchers via the online database, along with digital images of over 1,000 specimens and CT-scan images of 50 specimens. The improvements to this collection will enhance its utility and accessibility for researchers and students. Correctly identified and curated specimens will be used in evolutionary studies and in research in which foraminifera are used to evaluate the impacts of present and past climate change on ecosystems.

The personnel involved in the project:

Neil Landman
  • Principal Investigator

Collection Data

Collection Name Fossil Invertebrates
Collection Identifier urn:uuid:d7af5ec8-fad7-4db2-9026-a90e396b87df
Parent Collection Identifier AMNH
Specimen preservation methods Other

Additional Metadata

Alternative Identifiers f8e14cc1-cd02-4882-87f7-c5744714b962