The Shuler Museum has extensive collections of plant, invertebrate and vertebrate fossils from the Cretaceous of Texas. Numerous vertebrate fossils in the museum derive from the Late Pleistocene terraces of the Trinity River and tributaries of north and central Texas. Bob Slaughter and students built important collections of vertebrate microfauna from the Miocene of the Gulf Coast and the Early Cretaceous of north-central Texas. Other significant vertebrate fossil holdings are from the marine Late Cretaceous of Texas, the Late Triassic of northwest Texas, and the Early Permian of north-central Texas. In addition, vertebrates at the Shuler Museum include specimens from the marine Neogene of North Carolina and Maryland, the Mesozoic and Cenozoic of Egypt and throughout the western United States, and the Cenozoic of Panama and Mexico.

Important and rare vertebrate faunas in the collection are documented in many publications. Special strengths of the Shuler Museum’s collections include micro-vertebrates from the Early Permian and Late Triassic, and Early Cretaceous mammals from the Trinity Group.  The Museum also holds an extensive reference and cast collection from the Cretaceous and Cenozoic of Africa, the Cenozoic of Latin America, and the Neogene of Asia.

Click on the link below to browse the type specimens in the vertebrate paleontology collection.


Vertebrate Paleontology Collection


61 Type specimens in database
340 Figured specimens in database
Over 16,000 cataloged specimens

Invertebrate Paleontology Collection

Paleobotany Collection