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Marie Hopkins Comparative Osteology Collection

The Comparative Osteology Collection is a teaching and interpretive resource, containing over 2500 bird, mammal, reptile, amphibian, and fish skeletal specimens. Specimens range from a single element to the entire skeleton.  The collection is used for teaching comparative osteology, archaeology and zoology classes at IMNH and ISU.  It is also a resource for paleontologists and archaeologists, and is used for wildlife forensics by several wildlife agencies.

Most specimens in the collection are from this region (Idaho and the Intermountain West) but as time and opportunity arise, specimens from other regions as well as zoo specimens (elephant, camel, etc.) have been incorporated into the collection.  The collection also holds some pathological conditions and genetic anomalies which are of use to researchers studying the effects of nutrition, disease, and genetics on ancient and modern populations.


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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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