Links for the UCMP community
How is the collection arranged?

How do I check things out to my lab?

Search online data: a selection of published material or via the new interface in development (with kudos to Brian Simison).

What kinds of data are associated with the specimens?

How do I write field notes?
 
 



Our VP collections are arranged by the temporal and geographic units that describe the locality, and by taxon within locality. Due to historical factors, the heirarchical arrangement of the Cenozoic and Paleozoic/Mesozoic differ slightly.
 
 

Paleozoic & Mesozoic 
Cenozoic
Storage_Age (e.g., Late Triassic) 
   Continent 
     State (Country for non-N.Am) 
       Formation 
          Locality Number 
            Taxon 
Continent 
   Storage_Age (e.g., NALMA
      State (Country for non-N.Am) 
        Formation 
           Locality Number 
             Taxon 
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UCMP has one of the most data-rich collections in the country and maintains these data in a series of linked databases. Expressed in its simplest form, the databases maintain information on a a variety of physical items that contribute to the scientific study of vertebrate paleontology.  These include:

A more detailed explanation of these data and the manner in which they are actually recorded and an introduction to our archival materials are also available.
 


Specimens can be checked out to faculty labs or the prep lab by use of the "blue card." Faculty members are ultimately responsible for items checked out by their students.


 
 

updated Sept 1999 pah