UNM Earth Sciences Collection (Arctos)

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The University of New Mexico Earth Science Collections includes a variety of paleobiological, rock, and mineral specimens. The paleobiology collection (UNMP) includes over 25,000 specimens, primarily of marine invertebrate and terrestrial plant fossils. The collection spans the entire Phanerozoic Eon and the geographic scope is global, with an emphasis on specimens from New Mexico and the surrounding region. Many of these regional specimens are not well represented in other academic or national museum collections. Flora and fauna from the Carboniferous, Permian, and Cretaceous Periods are particularly well represented. The collection also includes more than 50 type specimens of Pennsylvanian and Early Cretaceous mollusks, and Pennsylvanian insects. Preservation of specimens is primarily as body or trace fossils. The petrologic and mineral collections consist of over 20,000 specimens spanning from the Proterozoic to Modern and containing notable specimens from the Southwest region and globally. These collections include unique petrologic collections from the Harding Pegmatite Mine, NM and Chuar Group from the Grand Canyon region. Preservation of specimens is primarily as hand samples, thin sections, and rock/mineral powders. In addition to research collections, both the paleobiology and rock/mineral divisions maintain a broad teaching collection spanning all major animal phyla, and major rock and mineral groups.

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Invertebrate Paleontology, Earth and Planetary Sciences (UNM EPS)


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Corinne Myers
  • Metadata Provider
Curator of Invertebrate Paleontology
UNM Earth and Planetary Sciences
University of New Mexico
87131-0001 Albuquerque
(505) 277-4204
Corinne Myers
  • Metadata Provider
Collection Manager
UNM Earth and Planetary Sciences
University of New Mexico
87131-0001 Albuquerque
(505) 277-4204
David Bloom
  • Programmer
VertNet Coordinator
John Wieczorek
  • Programmer
Information Architect
Dusty McDonald
  • Point Of Contact
Arctos Database Programmer
University of Alaska Museum

Geographic Coverage

The UNM Earth Science collections are global in geographic scope. The paleobiology collections are particularly strong in regional collections flora and fauna from the Cretaceous and Carboniferous deposits in the southwestern US.

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

Taxonomic Coverage

The UNM paleobiology collections are taxonomically broad and span all major animal phyla. Particular strengths include Paleozoic (~ 50% of specimens) and Mesozoic (~ 20%) mollusks (especially bivalves), arthropods, and brachiopods. The collection is also taxonomically diverse in flora from Carboniferous lagerstätten in North America.

Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Porifera (Sponges), Cnidaria (Coral), Bryozoa (Bryozoans), Brachiopoda (Brachiopods, Lampshells), Mollusca (Ammonites, Nautilus, Bivalves, Snails), Annelida (Polychaetes), Arthropoda (Trilobites, Euryterids, Insects, Spiders, Crustaceans), Echinodermata (Sea Stars, Sea Urchins), Hemichordata (Graptolites)

Temporal Coverage

Living Time Period 1905 to Present

Additional Metadata


Alternative Identifiers 2ea6a803-fcf8-4733-9171-23e3edc59624