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International Taphonomy Reference Collection (USNM-PAL)

Fossil and modern bones and bone assemblages representing a variety of taphonomic processes used as comparative materials to help paleobiologists, anthropologists, archaeologists, ecologists, and forensic scientists interpret taphonomic evidence. Collection materials are from Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Canada, and The United States and primarily consist of vertebrate specimens.

Informatics Manager: Holly Little,, 2026335340 (ORCID #: 0000-0001-7909-4166)
Curator: Kay Behrensmeyer,
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update:
Digital Metadata: EML File
Rights Holder: Smithsonian Institution
Access Rights:
National Museum of Natural History
10th St. and Constitution Ave. NW
Washington, DC   20560
Collection Statistics
  • 10 specimen records
  • 0 georeferenced
  • 7 (70%) identified to species
  • 2 families
  • 2 genera
  • 2 species
  • 2 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
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