Fossil vertebrate identification 

Ask us for an identification

We prefer you bring your specimens by hand to the museum, with the following information:

  • Name of collector
  • Location where the specimen was collected
  • Date of collection

Please always contact us before coming or sending anything.

If you still need to send your specimens to us, below are some tips on how to pack them.

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How to send your specimens

Pack your specimens well to prevent breakage. Here are some tips:

Larger specimens

Pack larger specimens in cartons, cushioned all around with packing material, ideally polystyrene foam chips or similar.

Please include this information with your package:

  • Name of collector
  • Location where the specimen was collected
  • Date of collection

Smaller specimens

Send smaller dry specimens in containers that will not break or crush in the post, such as plastic or metal - not glass bottles unless they are well  wrapped in packing material.

Please include this information with your package:

  • Name of collector
  • Location where the specimen was collected
  • Date of collection
 

Address

Fossil Vertebrates Team
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
169 Tory Street / PO Box 467
Wellington 6140

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