The first osteological collections were accessioned to the Harvard Peabody Museum in 1867, the year of its founding. The Peabody Museum's osteological collections now 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.
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More about the Osteological Collections
Discover more about the Peabody Museum's most important osteological holdings.
Approximately 600,000 database records are accessible through the Peabody Museum Collections online. Learn how to find the osteological collections that interest you.
Find out about ongoing projects and how to conduct research here.
See how the Osteology Department works with Harvard classes, interns, and the broader community.
Learn about the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) and the museum's engagement with contemporary Native American communities.