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HISTORY


This page is dedicated to Dr. Milton Sanderson and his vast Dominican amber collection housed at the Illinois Natural History Survey at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

 

Milton Sanderson (1910-2012) was an entomologist specializing in the taxonomy of beetles, who worked at the Illinois Natural History Survey from 1942 until his retirement in 1975. During his long career, Sanderson traveled widely pursuing his interest in Phyllophaga beetles.

 

 

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Dr. Sanderson applies for NSF funding to study Phyllophaga in the Caribbean

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Dr. Sanderson meets with local man who shows him the amber deposit from which Sanderson collects ~160 lbs of material

 

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Dr. Sanderson and Thomas Farr publish a paper in Science entitled, "Amber with Insect and Plant Inclusions from the Dominican Republic"

 

 

 

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Dr. Sanderson retires and the amber is placed in storage and is subsequently "lost"

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Dr. Sam Heads locates the lost buckets of amber underneath a sink in the Natural Resources Building

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Dr. Heads receives National Science Foundation funding for digitization of the fossil insect collection (including the Sanderson Collection) at the Illinois Natural History Survey. For more information about this project see fossilinsects.colorado.edu

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Dr. Heads and his Paleotology Lab Technician, Jared Thomas, apply for a National Science Foundation grant to conserve and curate the Sanderson Collection

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