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Helicoplacoid (Echinodermata). Early Cambrian (530 million years ago) Poleta Formation, California. LACMIP specimen 12982. About 4 cm long.

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Invertebrate Paleontology Collections Database

The Invertebrate Paleontology database contains information on almost 30,000 fossil invertebrate localities and over 1.2 million specimens.  Our type collections of 10,750 specimens are included in the database.  Cataloging is an on-going process, and we add new information daily.

Our database currently holds hundreds of digital images of specimens.  Additionally, available maps, photographs, and field notes have been scanned and included for many collecting localities.  A summary of the stratigraphic and geographic coverage of the catalog can be found here.

The initial database development and cataloging efforts were funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation.  The grant was specifically directed at LACMIP's extensive holdings of Pleistocene fossils from the West Coast of North America, the largest collection of this type in the world.

Invertebrate Paleontology Database

There are two Invertebrate Paleontology database search pages:  the Locality Register and the Specimen Catalog.  The Database User's Guide with explanations and features of the search fields is provided to help facilitate use of the database.

Extinct and Extant Mollusk Database

The Extinct and Extant Mollusk Database provides access to the Invertebrate Paleontology and Malacology catalog records for both fossil and living mollusks.  

Image Gallery

The Image Gallery contains photos and information for selected specimens from the Invertebrate Paleontology collection.  Other images are available through the Specimen Catalog.