Research Collections

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Deiss Collection

Trilobite

Burgess Shale

Ogyopsis klotzi reminger

Bear Gulch Limestone Fauna

Coelocanth fish

Silberling-Muller Collection

Chambered sponge

Stanley Collection

Branching scleractinian coral

Bearpaw Shale Fossils

Ammonite, Jeletzkytes

Fields Collection

Merychyus

Miller Botanical Collection

Spenopteris mclearni

Research collections:

These are specific collections within the UMPCs holdings that are organized by location and geologic age. Some collections are searchable, see Collections page.

Fenton Collection

(Precambrian)

The Fenton specimens are primarily fossil algae and stromatolites from Montana. C.L. Fenton did the majority of his research in Glacier National Park and the northern Rocky Mountains.

Deiss Collection

(Cambrian)

This collection consists mostly of trilobites and some brachiopods from Montana, Wyoming and adjacent areas of the West. It also includes the casts of many trilobite type specimens (also known as plastotypes).

Burgess Shale Collection

(Middle Cambrian)

The Burgess Shale is a rare collection that was acquired from the Smithsonian Institution and is one of the most significant fossil deposits in the world. It contains the remains of a previously unknown diversity of soft-bodied marine invertebrates that was discovered in British Columbia, Canada. It also includes rare trilobites, arthropods, worms, brachiopods and mollusks.

Bear Gulch Limestone Fauna

(Carboniferous)

The Bear Gulch contains soft-bodied invertebrate taxa, including: worms, algae, sponges, starfish, shrimp, brachiopods, starfish, conodont-bearing animals. These fossils are from a deposit in central Montana and also contain one of the most diverse Carboniferous fish faunas in the world including unusual soft-tissue preservation.

Silberling-Muller Collection

(Triassic)

A collection of Triassic sponges, corals, and other marine invertebrates from west-central Nevada. The collection was donated by N.J. Silberling and Sie Muller in the 1930's.

Stanley Collection

(Triassic)

An extensive collection of Triassic fossils from alpine Europe, the Cordillera of western North America, Alaska, and Canada. It includes sponges, corals, hydrozoans, brachiopods, mollusks, and echinoderms. This collection also contains silicified Triassic invertebrates from the Andes of Peru and central Europe, as well as giant reef clams from western North America.

Bearpaw Shale Fossils

(Late Cretaceous)

This collection contains well-preserved crustaceans, cephalopods, and bivalves from eastern and central Montana, many of which are preserved in nodules. The Bear Paw Shale fossils represent organisms that lived in the Western Interior Seaway some 70 million years ago.

Fields Collection

(Cenozoic)

These vertebrate specimens are from western Montana, Idaho and Wyoming region, representing the most extensive Tertiary Basin mammal collection in any museum. This collection retains the precise locality and stratigraphic data necessary for modern research, making these specimens exceptionally significant. It was acquired by the late Robert W. Fields.

Miller Botanical Collection

This collection contains specimens of Early Cretaceous and Cenozoic flora including well preserved gymnosperm pine cones and leafs from Montana. It was acquired by Charles N. Miller, Jr., formally of the Division of Biological Sciences.