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Vertebrate Paleontology

Vertebrate Paleontology is the study of fossil fishes, sharks, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals — animals with internal skeletons including a backbone composed of a series of vertebrae.  The IMNH collection holds over 100,000 catalogued specimens of fossil vertebrates, ranging in size from the tiny teeth of bats, shrews, and rodents, to mammoths. Our collections are primarily from Idaho and the Intermountain West.  They include representatives of every class of fossil vertebrates, but fossil mammals from the Cenozoic (the last 65 million years) form the bulk of the collections. 

The Vertebrate Paleontology section explores, excavates records, prepares, conserves, and researches the fossil resources in the collection at IMNH.   In addition to working with private, university, and municipal agencies, IMNH is an official repository for specimens collected from State, Bureau of Reclamation (BOR), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), National Forest (NFSL), and Department of Energy (DOE) lands throughout Idaho.

Collection facilities have been completely renovated since 2004 through grants from the National Science Foundation. Most specimens are housed in fireproof and secure metal cabinets. The collection database has been computerized and the catalogue can be searched electronically.


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(208) 282-3168

Idaho Museum of Natural History

921 S. 8th ave Stop 8096

Pocatello,ID 83201

We are located just off the corner of 5th street and Dillon street in Pocatello.

Museum Hours

Spring/Summer Hours
(Late March - Early September)
Tuesday - Friday: 10am - 6pm
Saturday: 9am - 5pm
Sunday: 12pm - 5pm
Monday: Closed
Fall/Winter Hours
(Early September - Late March)
Tuesday - Friday: 12pm - 6pm
Saturday: 9am - 5pm
Sunday: 12pm - 5pm
Monday: Closed
Holiday Closures:
Easter Sunday, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, Day After Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Day


Adult 18+ $7
Senior 60+ $5
Youth 4-17 $3
Child 3 & under FREE
ISU Student w/ ID FREE
Museum Member FREE
Active Military w/ ID 20% off

Veteran w/ ID

20% off


921 South 8th Avenue
Pocatello, Idaho, 83209
(208) 282-4636

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