Agency history, 1963-

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  • Huber, Brian T
  • Benson, Richard H (Richard Hall) 1929-
  • Buzas, Martin A
  • Cooper, G. Arthur (Gustav Arthur) 1902-2000
  • DiMichele, William A
  • Grant, Richard E. 1927-1994
  • Kier, Porter M
  • Macintyre, Ian G
  • Pierce, J. W (Jack Warren) 1927-
  • Wing, Scott L
  • Labandeira, Conrad Christopher 1950-
  • Erwin, Douglas H. 1958-
  • Sues, Hans-Dieter 1956-
  • Hunt, Gene 1973-
  • United States National Museum Department of Geology
  • b Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Department of Geology
  • Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Department of Paleobiology
  • Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Division of Invertebrate Paleontology and Paleobotany
  • Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Division of Vertebrate Paleontology


Agency History


  • This is an agency history. It does not describe actual records. The Smithsonian Institution Archives uses these histories as brief accounts of the origin, development, and functions of an office or administrative unit to set that unit in its historical context. To find information on record holdings, please double-click the highlighted field "Creator/Author", which will open on a brief view of relevant records.
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  • The paleontological collections of the Smithsonian Institution were a part of the Department of Geology, United States National Museum (USNM) from 1880 until its dissolution in 1963. The Department of Paleobiology was created in 1963 as part of a reorganization in the Museum of Natural History. At that time, the Department of Geology was divided into two departments, with the Divisions of Invertebrate Paleontology and Paleobotany and Vertebrate Paleontology joined to form the Department of Paleobiology.
  • G. Arthur Cooper, formerly Head Curator of Geology, became the first Chairman of the Department of Paleobiology in 1963 and served until 1967. Other Chairs have included Porter M. Kier, 1967-1972; Richard E. Grant, 1972-1977; Martin A. Buzas,1977-1982; Ian G. MacIntyre, 1982-1987; J. W. Pierce, 1987-1993; William A. DiMichele, 1993-1998; Richard H. Benson, 1998-2001; Douglas H. Erwin, 2001-2002; Scott L. Wing, 2002-2007; Conrad Christopher Labandeira, 2008-2009; Brian T. Huber, 2010-2015; Hans-Dieter Sues, 2016-2020; and Gene Hunt, 2020- .
  • For a history of the larger creating unit, refer to "Forms part of" above.

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  • 1963
  • 1963-


  • Paleoontology
  • Paleontology
  • Paleobiology


Mixed archival materials

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SIA AH00048

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