Research in the Osteology and Paleoanthropology Department

Because of heavy researcher demand and the limited space, please submit a research proposal at least six weeks in advance of your intended visit.

To see if the Peabody curates collections relevant to your research interests, use our Guide to the Osteology and Paleoanthropology Collections Online.

Access to the Peabody Museum Osteological and Paleoanthropological collections is coordinated by Peabody Museum staff. Please review the Osteology and Paleoanthropology research proposal guidelines before submitting a Collections Access Request Form. You may also submit your research proposal to If a research visit is scheduled, you will be asked to fill out a Collections Visitor Agreement form prior to your arrival.

Requests for Analytical Sampling must be approved by Museum staff and faculty. The committee meets monthly to review requests.

With the exception of the Liberian chimp collection, most non-human primates were transferred to the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology's Mammalogy Department in the 1930s. You can browse their database here.

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W.W. Howells Statistics Lab, ca. 1931–32. Peabody Museum Archives 2008.1.274