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Fossil Identification

As a service to the public, museum staff can identify fossils. You may email clear photographs with a ruler or similar scale to the curator, Dr. Andy Farke, or stop by the museum office. We recommend calling or emailing ahead of time to set an appointment, to ensure staff availability. Please do not leave items at the museum. To assist identification, it is helpful to have information on where the fossil was found, if known.

Note that we cannot provide appraisals or any statement on the monetary value of specimens. We remind all collectors to please abide by relevant laws and regulations concerning collection and possession of natural history objects. Museum staff reserve the right to refuse identification.

Donations of fossils are accepted only on a very limited basis, subject to staff approval. Although we would love to accept every donation of a fossil that is offered, we are also limited by space and financial resources. Similarly, museum donations generally require specific geographic and legal documentation to establish provenance. The Alf Museum cannot identify or accept any donations of archaeological objects or human remains.