Laboratory for Vertebrate Paleontology

Two large dark brown fossil fragments of a vertebrate jaw bone with large teeth, supported by white fabric and foam on a table.

Multiple types of dark brown vertebrate fossil fragments displayed on a table, sorted by similarity into small white boxes.

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.

As the University of Alberta is enacting additional safety measures regarding the state of public health emergency in Alberta, all museum collections will be closed until further notice.

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