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Welcome to the searchable database of the Laboratory for Vertebrate Palaeontology
It is an excellent collection that is widely used for research and teaching. Ongoing research includes projects on early vertebrates of the Palaeozoic age, including the origin of vertebrates with jaws, work on Late Cretaceous fishes, amphibians, reptiles and mammals, and studies on Early Tertiary fishes and mammals. One of the oldest collections at the University of Alberta, the first Vertebrate Palaeontology specimens were collected in the 1920s.

A Note to Site Users
Although this site is intended primarily for University of Alberta faculty, students, and researchers, it is hoped that other individuals interested in the study of Vertebrate Palaeontology will find this resource useful and informative. This site is an interface to the Laboratory's database and is not intended to represent the collection and/or its staff (see "Links" for associated information).

A Note on the Search Tools
The site provides a number of search tools for finding specimen and site information from the database. These tools include a Basic Search , Specimen Search (multiple fields using Boolean logic), Site Search, and Hierarchical search (based on the object's Accession Number). For information on how to use these tools, see "Help" under "Search the Collection".

Technical Notes
This site is is designed for 800 x 600 screen resolution and is best viewed through Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0 and later and Netscape 4.78 and later. This site, however, will also function in Mozilla, Opera, and Safari browsers. The Department of Museums and Collections Services produced the site in collaboration with the curator of the Vertebrate Palaeontology Collection. The collection data resides in MIMSY XG, an Oracle-based relational database management system (for more information, see the entry under "Links").


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