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Collections : Paleobotany collection
Paleobotany collection: about our holdings
The UCMP paleobotanical collection contains type specimens (ca. 12,000) and non-type specimens (ca. 350,000) of plants, algae, and fungi from localities worldwide. A searchable online catalog is available. Although the collections range in age from Precambrian to Recent, UCMP's strength lies in its unique collection of western North American Tertiary paleofloras. Our current knowledge of the history and development of the western North American flora over the last 50+ million years is based heavily on UCMP's collections. Moreover, the collections have played an integral role in understanding western North American paleogeography, and the past climatic changes that have shaped this region's modern biota. Many of our collections are not duplicated by holdings in other institutions and come from sites no longer accessible to collectors.
UCMP also houses the following reference and special collections:
For more information on these collections, contact the paleobotany collection manager.
Fossil leaf photo by Sarah Reiboldt © 2003 UCMP.
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