Paleontology Collection Open House

April 30, 2016 in the Geology Building on the IU Bloomington Campus

You are invited to attend an Open House to celebrate the re-opening of the Indiana University Paleontology Collection. The Collection is a research-focused repository for fossil specimens from Indiana and around the world operated by the Department of Geological Sciences. Founded in 1903 by IU geologist E. R. Cumings, the Collection now contains an estimated 1.3 million fossils that document life on Earth for the last 520 million years. We have just moved the entire Collection into new facilities with financial assistance from the National Science Foundation and the College of Arts and Sciences and have embarked on a partnership with the IU Herbarium and William R. Adams Zooarchaeology Collection to invigorate research using the University’s extensive and unique specimen holdings.

This Open House celebrates these developments by welcoming you into all three collections. Prof. William Ausich, a prominent paleontologist and IU Alum, will speak about life in the ancient Midwest and about the importance of the IU Paleontology Collection for scientific research.



Department of Geological Sciences
Indiana University
1001 E. Tenth St. Bloomington, IN 47405

Contact Information

Paleontology Collection
David Polly, Faculty Research Curator
phone: 812-855-7994

Claudia Johnson, Faculty Research Curator
phone: 812-855-0646

Jackson Njau, Faculty Research Curator
phone: 812-856-3170

Gary Motz, Collections Manager
phone: 812-856-3500

schedule of events

Saturday, April 30
Schedule of Events

1:00-1:45: Welcome Address – Geology Building
2:00-4:30: Tours of Research Collections –

  1. IU Paleontology Collection, Geology Department Room GY518
  2. IU Herbarium, Biology Department, Room 130 Smith Research Center, 2805 E. 10th Street
  3. William R. Adams Zooarchaeology Collection, Anthropology Department Room 025 Student Building.

4:30-5:15: Current Research Showcase – Geological Survey Building Room S201. Refreshments provided.
5:15: Keynote Address by Bill Ausich, Room GY126.

Transportation will be provided to and from the IU Herbarium in the Smith Research Center

hotel reservations

Hotel Reservations

A block of rooms is reserved for this Open House at the Indiana Memorial Union Biddle Hotel. You can make your reservations online, or call (800) 209-8145 and ask for a room in the Paleontology block.

Driving Directions from Indianapolis

Traveling south on Indiana Hwy 37, exit east on 45-46 to College Avenue, turn right (south) to 10th Street, where you turn left (east) and continue about 10 blocks to the Geology Building.

For those who do not have IU parking permits, there is limited free street parking on Cottage Grove, N. Forrest, and E. 11th behind the Geology Building (be careful of nearby neighborhood parking restriction areas). There is also pay parking available in the Fee Lane Garage (corner of Fee Lane and East 11th), the IU Memorial Union (East 7th Street and North Forrest), and at the Jordan Avenue Garage (150 North Jordan). Printable campus map (PDF).