rana, a trilobite.
The Pennsylvania state fossil.
Section of Paleontology and Geology houses collections of fossils,
rocks and minerals from Pennsylvania and around the world. We have
a large collection (8,000 +) of fossil plants from Pennsylvania’s
world famous anthracite coal fields and an equally large collection
of Paleozoic marine invertebrates. Noteworthy special collections
include: the Issac E. James paleobotanical collection; the John
Oleksyshyn marine invertebrate and paleobotanical collections; Lower
Devonian marine invertebrate collection from Curtin Village, PA;
and the William F. Klose, II paleobotanical and insect collections.
The section also serves as the repository for fossils collected
by the Pennsylvania Geological Survey (including those from the
Second Survey of Pennsylvania, 1874 to 1889).
vertebrates includes numerous fish (most notably Gyracanthus)
specimens from the Upper Devonian Catskill Formation (Sullivan and
Clinton counties); a median plate from the of the giant armored
fish Dunkleosteus from the Upper Devonian Chadokoin Formation
(Erie County); skeletal remains of the phytosaur (crocodile-like
reptile) Rutiodon and the labrynthodont amphibian Buettneria
from the Upper Triassic New Oxford Formation at Zions View (York
County); dinosaur footprints from the Upper Triassic Lockatong Formation
at Graterford State Prision (Montgomery County); and the most complete
mastodont from Pennsylvania found at Marshalls Creek (Monroe County).
section has a small, but important, type collection, which include
Paleozoic marine invertebrates, fossil insects, fossil fish and
mineral holdings include specimens from Cornwall (Lebanon County)
and the John S. Frankenfield mineral collection.
STAFF AND COLLECTIONS USE POLICY
The collections of Section of Paleontology and Geology are under
the care of Steven E. Jasinski, Acting Curator.
are accessible to bona fide researchers and college students
by appointment only. Interested individuals should contact Steven E. Jasinski
by phone at: (717)783-9897, or by email:Steven E. Jasinski.