Non-vertebrate paleontology collections
at the Texas Natural Science Center

Locating the specimens
to be moved

After the inventory is completed, a crosscheck with the catalogue computer file indicates which specimens are to be pulled for further work.

'next number, please' Although the inventory makes it easy to find the correct drawer, finding the specimens within the drawer can be a slow task.  They are not in number order within the drawers, and some drawers contain a great many specimens.
The pulled specimens are moved to a holding area where additional information from the labels is added to the database.  The holding area allows us to collect many specimens at the same time, and group fossils of the same age and location. 'this is from the Buda Limestone in Travis County"
'Edwards Limestone, Travis County" After the specimens have been placed into their stratigraphic and geographic position on the shelves, they are ready for cleaning and rehousing in the new cabinets.