Paleontology Collections

The museum's paleontological collections contain fossils from all continents, including several specimens from the Ediacaran of Australia and from the Cretaceous of Antarctica. Long known as the Condon Collection of Fossils, this diverse and extensive assemblage has its origins in the personal fossil collection of Thomas Condon, the University of Oregon's first professor of Geology and Natural Sciences. The Condon Collection of Fossils was established in 2018 as the state of Oregon's official repository for for publicly owned paleontological collections.  

Most of the specimens are fossil mammals, although significant numbers of other vertebrates, invertebrates, plants, and microfossils are also housed. The majority of fossils are from Oregon, including:

  • The John Day Fossil Beds
  • The Oregon Coast
  • The Oregon Coast Range
  • The Juntura Area

Watch fossil collections manager Edward Davis describe a sabertooth salmon skull he recently recovered from an Oregon quarry, and see how the museum is using CT scans to uncover important clues about this giant fish.  

The online paleontological database is 40,000 specimens and growing at

Fossils are curated to support research activities and to provide examples for teaching and museum exhibits. We are constantly adding new specimens to our collection, both from donations and new fieldwork.

For more information, inquiries, or research requests, contact the Director of Paleontological Collections, Greg Retallack, at 541-346-4558 or