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Vertebrate Paleontology
researcher measuring skull fossil

Researchers are turning to the Burke’s collection of fossil baleen whales from the Pacific Northwest to better understand how the largest creatures on earth evolved.

fossil specimen photographed for paleontology database

The Burke's paleontological collections are accessible and searchable in this online database.

Brandon Peecook

Graduate Student Brandon Peecook and Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology Christian Sidor described Washington’s first dinosaur fossil in May 2015.

UW graduate student Chuck Beightol excavates a dinocephalian skeleton in Zambia, 2014.

The Zambian and Tanzanian fossil beds preserved both plants and animals, providing information on paleoclimate before and after extinction.

Washington's first dinosaur fossil gives insight into what the west coast was like 80 million years ago.

The water-logged tusk was encased in plaster

Seattle is abuzz after construction workers find an unexpected guest from the ice age.

Largest petrified log at the park.

Hunting for fossils isn’t as glamorous as it’s cracked up to be. 

Preparation is a time consuming process.

A labor of love! Burke paleontologists take steps to preserve the South Lake Union mammoth tusk.

Dr. Christian Sidor makes a snow wall to shelter his tent.

Rock exposures are rare in the icy wastes of Antarctica, but they are the only places where finding fossils is possible.

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