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Donate Specimens to the Vertebrate Paleontology Collection

What we know about ancient animals depends on having the specimens to study. Of particular importance, is the study of specimens located within New York State. If you have found a fossil and would like it identified, or would like to donate it to the museum, please contact the Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology, Dr. Robert Feranec.

Cassadaga Lake Elk

"Discovering" Fossils
Many fossils and/or fossil sites are "discovered" accidentally without a paleontologist present. If you think you have found an important fossil or fossil site, please let us know. It is important to remember that anytime a fossil is "discovered," often the surroundings in which it is uncovered have more of a story to tell than just the specimen itself. Therefore, if you see a bone in the ground, it is best to leave it where it is, if possible, so that proper paleontological excavations can take place.

Information We Need:
Specimens without good data are much less valuable to us. If at all possible, please record the following information: 1) Location (be as precise as possible); 2) Date of collection; 3) Other information that is useful, but not necessary, includes your name, collection method (e.g., by hand, with shovel, with backhoe), and habitat type (e.g., old meadow, maple woodlands, near stream, etc…).

Please arrange donations by e-mail or phone with the Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology, Dr. Robert Feranec.


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