Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument

The Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument is a Federal partner to the Fossil Insect Collaborative. Type specimens collected from Florissant Fossil Beds and housed in museums across the globe already have been digitized (5,688 total specimens) as part of a National Park Service (NPS) funded project, which was overseen by Dr. Herbert Meyer, Park Paleontologist, Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument. An open access, searchable database with specimens, their associated metadata and the multiple images/specimen is in the process of being transferred to the CUMNH, with funding from the NPS and under the supervision of PI Dena Smith. These data and images will be incorporated with the current proposed project as part of the CUMNH collection. Any newly collected specimens that end up being types are housed at the CUMNH per a memorandum of understanding between the two institutions and will be digitized as part of the CUMNH.