3101 North Fort Valley Road, Flagstaff, AZ 86001, USA

The Museum of Northern Arizona is a museum in Flagstaff, Arizona, USA, that was established as a repository for Native American artifacts and natural history specimens from the Colorado Plateau.

MNA has evolved into a regional center of learning with collections, exhibits, educational programs, publications, and research projects that serve thousands of people each year. As the only accredited museum within 150 miles of Flagstaff, the Museum of Northern Arizona plays a vital role as interpreter of the Colorado Plateau.

The Museum of Northern Arizona holds approximately 20,000 paleontology specimens (fossil invertebrates, vertebrates, plants and tracks and traces) from most of the fossil bearing geologic units in the region. The collection, which contains 185 holotypes and more than 3,900 published and/or illustrated specimens, is the basis for scores of scientific technical papers on the paleontology and geology of the area.

Fossil vertebrate collection strengths include:

  • Devonian placoderm specimens from the Martin Formation
  • Permian shark fauna from the Kaibab Formation
  • a diverse and important collection of Triassic fauna from the Chinle Formation
  • a significant collection of amphibians, turtles, dinosaurs, pterosaurs, and tritylodonts from the early Jurassic Kayenta Formation
  • large and scientifically significant late Cretaceous holdings from marine, coastal and terrestrial formations of southern Utah, northern Arizona,  and northern New Mexico
  • a Miocene-Pliocene mammal fauna from the Verde Formation of central Arizona
  • an important Pleistocene collection that includes the National Park Service Pleistocene and Holocene collection that until 2009 was housed at Northern Arizona University Quaternary Sciences Program (NAU-QSP)

Significant fossil invertebrate holdings include specimens from:

  • Pennsylvanian Naco Formation
  • Permian Kaibab Formation
  • Cretaceous Mancos Shale

Ichnology (fossil tracks and trails) collection strengths include:

  • Permian invertebrate and vertebrate tracks from the Coconino and De Chelly Sandstones
  • Triassic vertebrate tracks from the Moenkopi Formation

Paleobotany (fossil plant) collection contains numerous specimens from:

  • Mississippian Surprise Canyon Formation
  • Triassic Chinle Formation
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