This internet service provides access to data and images in the Royal Tyrrell
Museum of Palaeontology’s electronic specimen database.Before using this
service, please read the “Notice & Disclaimer” page on the museum’s
collections web site.
All records may be searched using this service, but access to these is “read
only” and is restricted to a subset of the 19 most relevant fields. Currently
only a handful of records have digital images. Additional images for select
specimens will be added in the future, as time and resources permit. In the
meantime, text data can be viewed for all specimen records.
Advanced searches can be run by selecting relevant search terms for
one or more of the 18 data fields listed under the subheading “Search Criteria”
in the “Advanced Search” option. (Note: searches using the 19th searchable
field, namely Catalogue Number, are run separately in the “Search By Catalogue
Number” box on the left side of the screen). Currently the Advanced Search
option can only handle searches containing search terms in no more than
four fields. When using this option, please ensure
that you use the appropriate term in the appropriate field. For example: do not
enter the Class name “Amphibia” in the “Genus” field. Also, please enter only
one term in each field. The search will not function properly if you enter
multiple terms into a data field. For example: in the “Family” data field you
may enter either “Trionychidae” or “Albanerpetontidae”, but not “Trionychidae;
Depending on the search criteria selected, search terms may be selected from an
alpha-sorted index or keyed in manually. For further details, see
instructions on the "Advanced Search" page.
Additional instructions for searches:
The current version of this internet service supports only simple searches. No
“greater than”, “less than”, or “not equal to” type searches are possible.
To run additional searches, return back to the search menu and enter any new
search terms. Be sure to delete terms from your previous search, if those are
no longer relevant.
Place the mouse over a field label to see more information about that field.