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There are many other collections; individual specimen donations, small and large collections from researchers or avocational paleontologists. Over time these will be added in more detail to the appropriate section within the web site.

These new collections arrive all the time because we are involved in on-going research. We have, however, an increasing number of requests to deposit collections at NPL and for those who maybe considering this we provide some guidelines.


If you would like us to consider your collection for inclusion in NPL, it will help us if you follow these routine practices as you collect your specimens:

1. Collect your material legally

The Texas Natural Science Center is unable to accept specimens that have not been collected in a legal manner. For example: specimens collected within a state or national park must come with appropriate permits.

2. Record when, where, and by whom

Specimens are much more useful for future research if their source location is well documented. In other words they should have good 'provenance' data. An ideal would be to include GIS coordinates and digital images of the site. However, these techniques are not available for everyone and for older collections a good map reference has to suffice!


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