About The invertebrate paleontology division researches, develops digital resources on, and trains and educates students to study the world’s invertebrate fossils.  Special emphasis is placed on using these fossils to gain insight into macroevolution, paleoecology, and biogeography.  More than 900,000 specimens are housed in our collections, and a significant component of these are databased and georeferenced.

Lieberman Lab





Lieberman Lab





Lieberman Lab




R. C. Moore fieldwork 1959

The earliest invertebrate paleontology collections date back to the late 1860s as members of the newly established university began amassing fossil collections. These initial collections consisted primarily of upper Paleozoic and Cretaceous invertebrate faunas from Kansas and by the 1930s they were housed in Lindley Hall.


Fossiliferous slab

There are many resources about invertebrate paleontology and paleontologists. We've assembled a list of links to other sites we find useful.


The Division of Invertebrate Paleontology offers several outreach activities annually, including classroom resources for K-12 teachers, curriculum on trilobites for undergraduates and the public, and participation in the annual Midwest Gem and Mineral Show.