Osteological Collections

The Peabody Museum's osteological collections derive from more than eighty countries on six continents, largely from archaeological contexts, and include human and nonhuman primate remains, fossils, and casts. The map below illustrates the geographical distribution of the collection.

Please note: The Osteology Department will be closed to researchers from January 1, 2017 through June 30, 2017. We regret any inconvenience this may cause.


Highlights of the Collection

The Museum also has sizeable anatomical teaching and hominid cast collections. The hominid casts are curated in the Paleoanthropology LaboratoryOsteology projects include faculty, staff, and student research; student internships; and curation of collections.

Liberian chimps.

Skhul V

Skhul V is among the most significant fossils for the study of human evolution. Currently dated between 80,000 and 100,000 years before present, this fossil represents one of the oldest known, nearly complete members of our species, Homo sapiens.

Enter the Skhul V website

Access Collections

Access to the Peabody Museum osteological collections is coordinated by the Osteology staff. Please review the Osteology research proposal guidelines before submitting a research request form. You may also submit your research proposal to pmresearch@fas.harvard.edu.

Osteology lab protocol

Osteology research proposal guidelines