INHS PALEONTOLOGY COLLECTION

ABOUT THE COLLECTION

The paleontological collections at the Illinois Natural History Survey are an amalgam of several traditionally independent collections spanning the INHS, our sister-survey the ISGS, and the broader University of Illinois research community. These collections cover a broad scope taxonomically, geographically and temporally, including a wide variety of both marine and terrestrial fossils from strata around the world. Particular strengths include fossil plants and insects from the Pennsylvanian (Upper Carboniferous) of Illinois and a large collection of Midwestern Pleistocene mollusks. In addition, the INHS is also home to the historically significant Milton Sanderson collection of Early Miocene amber from the Dominican Republic as well as a rapidly growing collection of fossil insects from across the globe, ranging in age from Carboniferous to Pleistocene.

 

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THE MILTON SANDERSON DOMINICAN AMBER COLLECTION

The Milton Sanderson Dominican Amber Collection is one of the most significant fossil collections housed at the Illinois Natural History Survey. To learn more about this important collection, please follow this link or click the button to the left. 

 

     
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COLLECTION FROM THE CRATO FORMATION OF BRAZIL (COMING SOON)

The Crato Formation is an Early Cretaceous limestone deposit located in the Araripe Basin in the northeastern part of Brazil. This deposit showcases amazing preservational fidelity, as even soft parts of organisms are preserved in three dimensions.
     
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COLLECTION FROM THE GREEN RIVER FORMATION OF COLORADO (COMING SOON)

The Green River Formation is Eocene in age and is located in western Colorado. This formation contains a vast quantity of beautifully-preserved specimens ranging from plants to vertebrates. The Illinois Natural History Survey possesses a small collection of impressively-preserved insects from the Green River, many are still undescribed.