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The BEG collection: 
This collection includes a variety of specimens from all ages, almost exclusively from Texas. It results from collections made during the geologic mapping of the state by the Bureau of Economic Geology (BEG). The collection is arranged stratigraphically by county. Many of the Paleozoic collections of F. B. Plummer and R. H. King are included. The combined BEG catalogs include about 60,000 lots.

The Adkins collection: 
This collection includes a wide range of specimens from the research of W. S. Adkins and his students as well as material acquired from other sources. The collection was catalogued by Keith Young and includes about 20,000 lots.

The UT collection:
 A wide ranging collection, largely the product of research within the Department of Geological Sciences. Many of the specimens collected by F.L. Whitney and his students are included here. The Engerrand-Chantegrain and the Singley-Askew collections are catalogued under UT numbers. The collection of more than 50,000 lots was catalogued by Keith Young.

The TNSC collection: 
This collection includes specimens collected by the research staff at the Texas Natural Science Center. There is an extensive Paleozoic plant and arthropod collection stemming from the work of C. J. Durden. 
New type material described by members of the Jackson School (JSG) is housed in this collection. Many new Paleozoic species have been added by J. T. Sprinkle and his students.
Other new accessions are catalogued into this collection.


Geology faculty and students are still a source of new accessions for the NPL
The last location of the UT and Adkins collections, prior to their incorporation into the TNSC, was the basement of the current geology building, built in 1967.
Additions to that building between 2002-2004 led to the relocation to NPL of the microfossil collection, the Paleozoic research collections, and the Mesozoic research collection of Keith Young


Frequently used abbreviations: NPL  Non-vertebrate Paleontology Laboratory | TNSC Texas Natural Science Center | UTDGS Department of Geological Sciences | BEG  Bureau of Economic Geology | VPL Vertebrate Paleontology Laboratory | JSG  Jackson School of Geosciences | SUPPORT | VOLUNTEER | GLOSSARY

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