About the UMPC

Our mission is to enhance education by serving as a center for research, teaching, and public outreach, in order to preserve the fossil heritage of Montana, the American West, as well as other regions of the world. The UMPC was established by the Montana Board of Regents in 2005. In 2008, the UMPC received a generous grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to renovate the basement storage facility, install a Space-Saver compactor system, add new metal cases to accommodate future growth of the collection, and to create this database.  The full collection has an estimated 40,000 specimen-lots, with over 2,000 being type (published) specimens, that represent the ancient heritage of North America, as well as containing specimens from over 20 different countries.   These specimens are housed in 192 metal cases and organized by geologic age, location, and taxon. Many of these are digitized; see Collections page, offering students and professionals an opportunity to research and remotely access a diverse suite of fossils.  Specimens are also loaned to researchers off campus and abroad. The collection also contains minerals, economic samples, and petrographic specimens. Publications related to our collections are available.

UMPC Brochure (PDF)