SDNHM Paleontology Collection

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The SDNHM paleontology collections include over 153,000 numbered species lots. These lots vary in size from single specimens (e.g., an isolated mammal tooth) to suites of specimens (e.g., 300 shells of a particular species of marine snail), and represent over 1.5 million specimens. The specimens have been recovered from over 5,500 recorded collecting localities, primarily from southern California and northern Baja California, Mexico. There are 574 primary and 730 secondary types

Data Records

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SDNHM Paleontology Collection


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GBIF Registration

This resource has been registered with GBIF, and assigned the following GBIF UUID: 8674480c-ebdc-42cf-8d42-c3762fe137d8.  San Diego Natural History Museum publishes this resource, and is itself registered in GBIF as a data publisher endorsed by U.S. Geological Survey.


Occurrence; Specimen; Occurrence


Kesler Randall
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Geographic Coverage

Global distribution with emphasis on southern California and northern Baja Mexico.

Bounding Coordinates South West [-90, -180], North East [90, 180]

Taxonomic Coverage

No Description available

Class Aves, Mammalia, Reptilia

Temporal Coverage

Formation Period Cretaceous
Formation Period Paleogene
Formation Period Neogene
Formation Period Quaternary

Additional Metadata

Alternative Identifiers 8674480c-ebdc-42cf-8d42-c3762fe137d8