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The USGS Menlo Park collection
The orphaned USGS Menlo Park collection is now housed at the UC Museum of Paleontology! All of the USGS localities have been added to the UCMP database. All USGS Menlo Park locality ledgers have been scanned and are available to researchers.
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.
Photos by the UCMP invertebrate collection crew © 2013 UCMP.
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