The Division of Invertebrate Paleontology, located in Lindley Hall on the University of Kansas campus, contains especially upper Paleozoic invertebrate fossils of the Midcontinent of the United States, Cambrian specimens from Antarctica, and Cretaceous fossils from the western interior of the United States. The museum is affiliated with the Paleontological Institute which publishes the Treatise on Invertebrate Paleontogy and the University of Kansas Paleontological Contributions. The extensive collection is used to support research and education.
This web site currently hosts three databases containing three-dimensional images of invertebrate macrofossils, three-dimensional images of trace fossils, and two-dimensional images of invertebrate microfossil slides. Funds for the creation of the digital images presented on this web site were provided by a grant from the KU Digital Libraries Initiative. Virtual specimens of well-preserved, invertebrate fossils have been created so that they may be introduced into classrooms and teaching laboratories at KU and to researchers and the general public worldwide. Their use is intended to facilitate the development of new approaches to the history of biodiversity and the evolution of organisms faced with changing environments.
The Invertebrate Macrofossil Database contains two-dimensional images as well as high resolution, three-dimensional scans of select fossils from the museum's collection.
The Trace Fossil Database contains two-dimensional images as well as high resolution, three-dimensional scans of select fossils from Professor Stephen Hasiotis' collection.
The Invertebrate Microfossil Database contains two-dimensional scans of select fossils from the museum's collection.