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.


 Greater than 500 records      100-500 records     50-100 records        Less than 50 records


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.



Male and female Liberian chimp skulls. PM 48-36-50/N6948.0, PM 48-36-50/N6955.0. 

Guide to the Osteology Collections 

Researcher Access to the Collections