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UCMP resources are available for use by qualified researchers. Loans of specimens are available to qualified researchers, and exhibit loans are available for non-commerical and educational purposes.
Visitors to UCMP are expected to handle specimens and archival materials properly and comply with collections policy governing use. Proper use insures that UCMP collections will be available for future generations. Violations of these rules will result in loss of access to UCMP collections and facilities.
UCMP rules for facilities and collections use
UCMP charges a minimum fee of $250 for record searches. This fee assumes the site of interest occurs on a single 7.5' topographic quadrangle (or up to four contiguous sheets). Additional information is billed at a flat rate of $250/4 contiguous topo sheets. For larger projects, you can estimate your bill by dividing the number of topo sheets by 4 x $250. You can also access the UCMP database online. Please note, the UCMP website does not serve longitude/latitude data or detailed locality information for fossil sites on private property. In addition, detailed locality information for U.S. public lands may also be unavailable due to current government regulations regarding the management of paleontological resources. Locality information is served to the public at the county level only using Berkeley Mapper. In most cases, this is sufficient for preliminary evaluations of paleontological resources within or near a construction project.
After contacting the appropriate UCMP collections manager, please forward the map coordinates or a map of the project area. Email is preferred. No large files please. If the project area is greater than three adjacent quadrangles, an estimate of the cost based on the physical scope of the project area can be provided. After the search results are provided to the contractor by UCMP, the contractor will receive an invoice issued by the Berkeley Natural History Museum administrative office. If after receiving the results, a visit to the collections is necessary, there is a separate $300/day fee for access to the UCMP paper records and collections. Computer record searches by the UCMP staff will not be performed as part of this visit. All visits to the UCMP collections must be arranged in advance with the appropriate collections manager.
UCMP collections management, exhibit loans, and lab use: Mark Goodwin, (510) 643-9745
Invertebrate collections: Mark Goodwin, (510) 643-9745
Microfossil collections: Ken Finger, (510) 643-2559
Paleobotany collections: Diane Erwin, (510) 642-3921
Vertebrate and element collections: Patricia Holroyd, (510) 642-3733
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