- 36,000 vertebrate fossils (including 52 primary type specimens)
- 35,000 plant and invertebrate fossils (including 6 type specimens)
- 30,000 rocks, minerals, and meteorites
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Departmental Initiatives and Highlights
- Prehistoric Journey, a cutting-edge, award-winning exhibit on the history of life, has been seen by more than one million visitors since its opening in October 1995.
- Coors Mineral Hall features the Alma King, one of the largest known crystals of rhodochrosite and the rhodochrosite crystal wall, an 8-square-foot natural cavity with more than 140 rhodochrosite crystals in their natural environment.
- The Certification Program in Paleontology offers a series of courses that allow interested adults to learn and practice paleontology. The program has more than one hundred graduates who are now working with professional paleontologists at DMNS and elsewhere to collect, prepare, curate, and study fossils.
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- Richard K. Stucky, Chief Curator and Curator of Paleontology
Ph.D., 1982, University of Colorado at Boulder, Anthropology (Vertebrate Paleontology)
Evolutionary relationships and ecology of Cenozoic mammals
Prehistoric Journey: A History of Life on Earth (with Kirk R. Johnson)
Mammalian Evolutionary Paleoecology (edited with Serge Legendre)
- Russell Wm. Graham, Department Chair and Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology
Ph.D., 1976, University of Texas at Austin
Evolution and biogeography of Quaternary mammal communities
Graham, R. W. 1997. The spatial response of mammals to Quaternary climate changes. IN Past and Future Rapid Environmental Changes: the Spatial and Evolutionary Responses of Terrestrial Biota. B. Huntley, W. Cramer, A. V. Morgan, H. C. Prentice, and A. M. Solomon (eds.), NATO ASI Series 1: Global Environmental Change 47:153-162.
Semken, H. A., Jr. and R. W. Graham 1996. Paleoecologic and taphonomic patterns derived from correspondence analysis of zooarcheological and paleontological faunal samples, a case study from the North American prairie/forest ecotone. IN Neogene and Quaternary Mammals of the Palaearctic, A. Nadachowski and L. Werdelin, (eds.), Acta Zoologica Cracoviensia 39:477-490.
Faunmap Working Group (Graham, R. W. and E. L. Lundelius, Jr. - co-directors) 1996. Spatial response of mammals to late Quaternary environmental fluctuations. Science 272:1601-1606.
Graham, R.W., J.O. Farlow and J.E. Vandike 1996. Tracking ice age felids: identification of tracks of Panthera atrox from a cave in southern Missouri, USA. PP. 331-345 IN Morphology and Paleoecology of Late Cenozoic Mammals - Tributes to the Career of C.S. (Rufus) Churcher, K. M. Stuart and K. L. Seymour (eds.), University of Toronto Press, Toronto.
- Kirk R. Johnson, Curator of Paleobotany and Invertebrate Paleontology
Ph.D., 1989, Yale University
Mesozoic and Cenozoic paleobotany and stratigraphy; Cretaceous-Tertiary boundary extinction, plant taphonomy
Johnson, K. R. 1997. Hell Creek flora, pp. 300-302 in P. J. Currie and K. Padian, eds., The Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs, Academic Press, San Diego.
Johnson, K. R. 1996. Description of seven common plant megafossils from the Hell Creek Formation (Late Cretaceous: late Maastrichtian, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Montana). Proceedings of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, series 3, vol. 3, pp. 1-48.
Johnson, K. R. and Richard Stucky 1995. Prehistoric Journey: A History of Life on Earth. Roberts Rinehart Publishers and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science Press.
Johnson, K. R. 1992. Leaf fossil evidence for extensive floral extinction at the Cretaceous-Tertiary boundary, North Dakota, USA. Cretaceous Research 13:91-117.
- Jack A. Murphy, Curator of Geology
M.S., 1993, University of Northern Colorado
Historical geology, building stones, mineralogy, and meteorites
Murphy, J. A. 1997. Geology Tour of Denver's Capitol Hill Stone Buildings, Historic Denver.
Cobban, R. R., D. S. Collins, E. E. Foord, D. E. Kile, P. J. Modreski, and J. A. Murphy 1997. Minerals of Colorado by Edwin B. Eckel. Fulcrum Publishing, Golden.
Murphy, Jack 1995. Geology Tour of Denver's Buildings and Monuments,
- Laura Danly, Curator of Space Sciences
Ph.D, University of Wisconsin (Astronomy)
Studies of the halo of the Milky Way and most distant reaches of our galaxy.
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- Logan Ivy, Collections Manager
Ph.D., 1992, University of Colorado
- Kenneth Carpenter, Chief Preparator
Ph.D., 1996, University of Colorado
Dinosaur ontogeny and systematics
Carpenter, K. 1997. A giant coelophysid (Ceratosauria) theropod from the Upper Triassic of New Mexico, USA. Neues Jahrbuch fur Geologie und Palaontologie, Abhandlungen, Stuttgart 205:189-208.
Carpenter, K. 1997. Ankylosaurs. IN The Complete Dinosaur, J. O.
Farlow and M. K. Brett-Surman (eds.), Pp. 307-316, Indiana University
Carpenter, K. 1997.Dinosaurs as museum exhibits. IN The Complete Dinosaur, J. O. Farlow and M. K. Brett-Surman (eds.), Pp. 150-164, Indiana University Press, Bloomington.
Kirkland, J. I., B. Britt, D. L. Burge, K. Carpenter et al. 1997. Lower to Middle Cretaceous dinosaur faunas of the central Colorado Plateau: a key to understanding 35 million years of tectonics, sedimentology, evolution and biogeography. Brigham Young University Geology Studies 42:69-103.
- Bryan J. Small, Assistant Preparator
M. A., 1985, Texas Tech University
Paleozoic and Mesozoic vertebrates
Small, B. J. 1997. A new procolophonid from the Upper Triassic of Texas, with a description of tooth replacement and implantation. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 17:674-678.
- Kelly Goulette, Registrar
Collections and Research Division
M.A., 1996, University of Denver,
Anthropology with museum studies concentration
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