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Access to Collections:

Access to specimens housed in the collections of the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology is restricted to legitimate researchers who are affiliated with a recognized institution. The collections areas are open weekdays (except statutory holidays) from 08:15-12:00 and 13:00-16:30. Researchers interested in visiting the collections are asked to submit their requests in writing to the collections manager, Dr. Jim Gardner (e-mail:, at least three weeks in advance. Requests for access should include the following information: brief summary of research project(s) and rational for requesting access; kind of material you wish to examine; description of any proposed techniques that could alter specimens (e.g., coating specimens for photography, molding, removing samples for histological or isotopic analysis); and proposed dates for visiting the collection. Student requests also must be accompanied by a letter of support from their supervisor. Please note that specimens already under study by other researchers or on exhibit may not be available to visiting researchers.

Research Loans:

Under certain circumstances, specimens from the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology’s collections may be lent as a professional courtesy to external researchers for short periods of time. Please contact the museum’s collections manager, Dr. Jim Gardner (e-mail:, for further details.

Transporting Fossils Into Canada:

Visiting researchers are advised that federal legislation governs the import and export of fossils in Canada. Researchers from outside of Canada who intend to bring fossils with them for comparative study are cautioned that Canadian customs officers may seize fossils and/or detain persons carrying fossils, unless the fossils are accompanied by official loan documents or similar paperwork from the institution where the specimens are permanently curated.

Other Information:
  • When citing specimen catalogue numbers in scientific publications, please use the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology’s official acronym “TMP”. For catalogue numbers beginning with "1999" or less, please use either all four digits or just the last two (e.g., TMP 1987.164.0006 or TMP 87.164.06). For catalogue numbers beginning with "2000" or greater, please use all four digits (e.g., TMP 2004.004.06).
  • Researchers wishing to verify the accuracy of catalogue numbers or specimen information before publication are welcome to submit their queries or a copy of their manuscript to the collections manager. Any manuscripts submitted for this purpose will be treated as confidential documents and will either be returned to the author or destroyed afterwards.
  • Researchers who have published scientific papers in which specimens from the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology are identified by catalogue number or figured are encouraged to provide two copies to the collections manager for the collections’ library.

     Related Links:

 Province of Alberta sites
Royal Tyrrell Museum
Royal Alberta Museum
Provincial Archives of Alberta
Alberta Foundation for the Arts collection
Historic Sites
 On-line paleontological collections
University of Alberta
Laboratory for Vertebrate Paleontology
American Museum of Natural History
paleontology collections
Yale Peabody Museum
University of California
Museum of Paleontology
Canadian Museum of Nature
 Other sites of interest
The Paleontology Portal
Society of Vertebrate Paleontology
The Palaeontological Association
Tree of Life Web Project

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