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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.

Museum Hours


(Memorial Day-Labor Day)

Tuesday-Friday: 10 am-6 pm
Saturday: 9 am-5 pm
Sunday: 12 pm-5 pm
Monday: Closed

(Labor Day-Memorial Day)

Tuesday-Friday: 12 pm-6 pm
Saturday: 9 am-5 pm
Sunday: 12 pm-5 pm
Monday: Closed
Easter Sunday, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, Day After Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Day

Admission Prices

Adult 18+ $7
Senior 60+ $5
Youth 4-17 $3
Child 3 & under FREE
Museum Member FREE

Idaho State University Student*

Active Military** 20% off

20% off

*With valid ID. Must be currently enrolled in classes.

**With valid ID. Discount only applies to individual.


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Idaho Museum of Natural History

698 E Dillon St

Pocatello, ID 83201


We are located on the campus of Idaho State Univeristy.