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Indiana University
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Bloomington, IN 47405-1405


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Revitalization of the IU Paleontology Collection funded by the US National Science Foundation (DBI-0846697) under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

The IU Paleontology Collection is public trust research repository for fossil material. Its 1.3 million specimens document past research projects and serve as a resource for new synthetic research on stratigraphy, paleoecology, evolution, and the biotic effects of climate change. The Collection serves as a resource for paleontological research at Indiana University and the international scientific community. With permission from its curators, researchers may gain access to the Collection by visiting Indiana University or via loan.

Elegantocrinus hemisphaericus
the Elegant Sea-lily

FAQ about Elegantocrinus
About the Borden Group and crinoids
About crinoids

Our localities

As part of an NSF-funded revitalization project, we are geocoding and databasing our fossil localities. Sites whose geocoding is complete are shown in this interactive map. Blue paddles show formation-level data by region, dark red paddles show location of geocoded IU localities, and the olive paddles show location of geocoded localities that use the older numbering system developed by E.R. Cumings.

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[Browse formation-level inventory]

Our fossils

Paleosauropus footprints

Footprints of an ancient tetrapod (Paleosauropus) from the Mississippian Tar Springs Formation at Crane Naval Center, Indiana. Cast of prints described by Colbert and Schaeffer (1947).
Locality: Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center.

Our publications

Johnson, C. C., Middendorf, J., Rehrey, G., Dalkilic, M. M. and Cassidy, K. 2014. Geological Time, Biological Events and the Learning Transfer Problem. Journal of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 14: 115-129. [See all]