Laboratory for Vertebrate Paleontology

The Laboratory for Vertebrate Paleontology is an exceptional resource for exploring fossil vertebrate animals, including jawless vertebrates, fishes, amphibians, lizards, marine reptiles, dinosaurs, and birds. One of the finest collections of its kind in Canada, it contains more than 50,000 specimens, and is actively used by researchers and students. Specimens range from 450 million to 10,000 years old, with significant fossils highlighting unique discoveries that address major evolutionary questions.

Location and Access

  • The collection can be accessed by students, faculty, researchers, and members of the public
  • To arrange access to the laboratory, contact the curator of the fossil group you are interested in
  • Highlights of the collection are exhibited in the Paleontology Museum (B-01 Earth Sciences Building)
    • Monday to Friday (closed holidays): 8 am to 4 pm
    • Groups of five or more are requested to call in advance to confirm accessibility.
    • Group visits are welcome and available by appointment. Please call (780) 288-0109.
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