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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History: Department of Paleobiology

Last featured in the 10-03-2014 Scout Report, the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History Department of Paleobiology continues to curate research materials relevant to the Paleobiology community.

Founded in 1963, the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History Department of Paleobiology is one of the world's top resources for information about the biological and environmental history of Earth. Visitors may wish to begin with the About section, which offers a brief overview of the Department of Paleobiology's history, then move on to read about its main areas of focus under Research. This section also highlights key research projects, including "Cerro Ballena" (featuring a photo gallery of field work) and "Evolution of Terrestrial Ecosystems" (which seeks to understand "how terrestrial ecosystems have been structured and how they change over geologic time"). The site also features an Online Collections Database (accessible via the Collections Overview section), where "over 450,000 specimen records are available through this online catalog." The Department of Paleobiology is extensively staffed by collections, research, and administrative personnel with a variety of expertise who maintain the site, as well as its physical collection counterpart of approximately "40 million fossil specimens."
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