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.

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.


Laboratory for Vertebrate Paleontology

Contact Curators for museum collection access. 

Paleontology Museum (B-01 Earth Sciences Building)

Hours: 8:30 am to 3:30 pm, Monday, Wednesday, Friday. CLOSED Tuesday, Thursday, Weekends, and Holidays.

Cost: Free

For group or class visits, please contact Lisa Budney


Paleontology Museum Virtual Tour

The Paleontology Museum has specimens on display from the University of Alberta Museums Invertebrate Paleontology and Vertebrate Paleontology Collections.

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Dino Lab Virtual Tour

We are celebrating 100 years since dinosaur fossils were first prepared on campus in 1920 by George F. Sternberg who had a small workshop in the basement of North Lab (replaced by Cameron Library).

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Fossils in white boxes
Search the Collection

Search the University of Alberta Museums collections through one accessible website. Using keyword or advanced searches, you will be able to filter your results based on museum collections, materials, and more.

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Curators and Collection Staff

Michael Caldwell

Curator of Higher Vertebrates


Philip Currie

Curator of Dinosaurs


Alison Murray

Curator of Fossil Fishes


Corwin Sullivan

Curator of Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum (Grande Prairie)