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The USGS Menlo Park collection

A sample of USGS invertebrate fossils
Fossils from the USGS Menlo Park collection. From left, ammonites from Shasta County, CA; a nice ammonite specimen, also from Shasta County; and a block of assorted Late Miocene bivalves from Washington.

The orphaned USGS Menlo Park collection is now housed at the UC Museum of Paleontology! We are in the process of adding USGS localities to the UCMP database (Oct 2013); please see status updates below.

USGS Localities in the Database
• Mesozoic localities from California, Washington and Oregon
• Cenozoic localities from California, Washington and Oregon
• Mesozoic and Cenozoic localities from Alaska and the Arctic (in progress, anticipated August 2014)

The collection is cataloged as locality lots and is stored biostratigraphically. The material from some localities has been sorted, and in some cases identified, taxonomically. However, as the specimens are not cataloged, these identifications are generally not searchable.

UCMP locality numbers beginning with the prefix "IP" have been assigned to each locality, with the original USGS numbers listed in the "Other Locality Number" field. You can search for localities by their USGS number. Choose "Invertebrates" under "Collection" and enter the USGS number in the "Other Loc Num" field.

If a locality lot has been photographed, you will see a camera thumbnail next to the record. You can also search all project photos here.

The USGS Menlo Park collection consists of fossil material curated out of US Geological Survey offices in Washington, DC, Denver, CO, and Menlo Park, CA. You can tell which office the specimens were curated out of based on the locality number.

• USGS Mesozoic 630 or USGS Cenozoic 6064 (no letter prefix)
Curated out of the Washington, DC, office of the USGS, located for many years at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Duplicate numbers exist between Mesozoic and Cenozoic localities. Locality numbers confirm either "Cenozoic" or "Mesozoic" in the name.

• USGS Mesozoic M8870 or USGS Cenozoic M9779 ("M" prefix)
Curated out of the Menlo Park, CA office of the USGS. M1 through M999 were assigned to localities of any age. Beginning with M1000, duplicate numbers exist between Cenozoic and Mesozoic localities. Locality numbers confirm either "Cenozoic" or "Mesozoic" in the name.

• USGS Mesozoic D11010 ("D" prefix)
Curated out of the Denver, CO office of the USGS.

For more information on this collection, contact Erica Clites or the invertebrate collection manager.
 

Photos by the UCMP invertebrate collection crew © 2013 UCMP.