"2018: Forty Years of Paleontological Research at MDWFP's Mississippi Museum of Natural Science"
Phillips, Curator of Paleontology, MDWFP's Mississippi Museum of
Next year, the museum's Paleontology program and collections will celebrate forty years of research, collecting, and community outreach!
Staff, field associates, and donors have contributed to the current inventory of 64,000 catalogued specimens.
Collecting and research conducted by the Paleo program has led to publications about a wide variety of early residents of Mississippi (and the Southeast), including ancient crustaceans, urchins, fishes, turtles, whales, rhinos, and dinosaurs.
A network of fossil collectors from all over has been crucial to building the collection and assisting in a better understanding of the fascinating marine and terrestrial animal and plant communities that once inhabited this part of the Gulf Coastal Plain.
This network grows from museum-based and remote events that draw attention to our state's wondrous geological and paleontological heritage.