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Professional Resources

The Collections Department at McWane Science Center is dedicated to the preservation and study of Alabama’s rich paleontology, geology, archaeology, and natural diversity. Professional researchers are encouraged to visit and study the specimens and objects within the McWane Collection and utilize the department’s laboratory and library.

Professional research requests can be made to:

Jun Ebersole
Director of Collections
McWane Science Center
200 19th Street North
Birmingham, Alabama 35203
Jebersole@mcwane.org

Significant aspects of the McWane Collection include:

  • Hundreds of cataloged Late Cretaceous mosasaurs, dinosaurs, turtles, fishes, sharks, birds, marine and flying reptiles.
  • Large collections of Paleozoic, Mesozoic, and Cenozoic chondrichthyans
  • The world’s largest collection of Pennsylvanian vertebrate and invertebrate ichnofossils and plants from Alabama’s famed Union Chapel Mine.
  • The state’s largest collection of Late Pleistocene mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and fishes.
  • Collections of Eocene and Miocene mammals.
  • A collection of over 5,000 freshwater mussels and snails collected circa 1910.
  • A collection of over 400 bird skins collected circa 1910.
  • Large collections of southeastern U.S. Archaeological artifacts.

Type specimens housed at McWane Science Center:

Dinosaurs

MSC 7949 – Eotrachodon orientalis Prieto-Márquez et al. 2016; Mooreville Chalk (upper Santonian), Montgomery County, AL – Holotype
RMM 6670 – Appalachiosaurus montgomeriensis Carr et al. 2005; Demopolis Chalk (upper Campanian), Montgomery County, AL – Holotype

Birds

ACC 92.35 – Halimornis thompsoni Chiappe et al. 2002; Mooreville Chalk (lower Campanian), Greene County, AL – Holotype

Sharks and Rays

MSC 35048– Pseudaetobatus belli Cicimurri and Ebersole, 2015; Tallahatta Formation (lower Eocene), Dale County, AL – Holotype

MSC 35054– Pseudaetobatus belli Cicimurri and Ebersole, 2015; Tallahatta Formation (lower Eocene), Dale County, AL – Paratype

MSC 35058– Pseudaetobatus belli Cicimurri and Ebersole, 2015; Tallahatta Formation (lower Eocene), Dale County, AL – Paratype

MSC 35059– Pseudaetobatus belli Cicimurri and Ebersole, 2015; Tallahatta Formation (lower Eocene), Dale County, AL – Paratype

MSC 35062– Pseudaetobatus belli Cicimurri and Ebersole, 2015; Tallahatta Formation (lower Eocene), Dale County, AL – Paratype

Insects

MSC 9334 – Camptodiapha atkinsoni Beckemeyer and Engel, 2011; Pottsville Formation (lower Pennsylvanian), Walker County, AL – Holotype

Trace Fossils

MSC 7949 – Hartsellea sursumramosa Rindsberg, 1994; Hartselle Sandstone (upper Mississippian), Colbert County, AL – Topotype

MSC 7950 – Hartsellea sursumramosa Rindsberg, 1994; Hartselle Sandstone (upper Mississippian), Colbert County, AL – Topotype

MSC 7957 – Hartsellea sursumramosa Rindsberg, 1994; Hartselle Sandstone (upper Mississippian), Colbert County, AL – Topotype

Publications citing specimens from the McWane Science Center Collection

Peer-reviewed Publications by Year

 

Non-refereed Publications

Burns, M.E., and J.A. Ebersole. 2016a. Juvenile Appalachian nodosaur material (Nodosauridae, Ankylosauridae) from the lower Campanian lower Mooreville Chalk of Alabama. Abstracts and Posters Session IV, Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, 76th Annual Meeting.

Burns, M.E., and J.A. Ebersole. 2016. New Appalachian armored dinosaur material (Nodosauridae, Ankylosauria) from the Maastrichtian Ripley Formation of Alabama. Abstract, Paper No. 22-5, The Geological Society of America, Southeastern Section, 65th Annual Meeting.

Jacquemin, S. J., J. A. Ebersole, D.J. Cicimurri, C.N. Ciampagalio, M. Jones, and Z. Whetstone. 2016. Quantifying heterodonty in the late Devonian (upper Famennian) sharks Cladoseleche and Ctenacanthus from the Ohio Shale, USA. The Geological Society of America, North-Central Meeting, April 18-19, 2016; Abstracts and Posters, Session No. 22.

Ehret, D. J., and J.A. Ebersole. 2016. Recent paleontological research and discoveries in Alabama, USA. The Geological Society of America, Southeastern Section Meeting, March 31-April 1, 2016; Abstracts and Programs

Ehret, D. J., T. L. Harrell, Jr. and J. A. Ebersole. 2015. Feeding traces on Pteranodon longiceps (Reptilia: Pterosauria) bones from the Late Cretaceous (Campanian) Mooreville Chalk. Abstracts, Poster Session IV, 75th Annual Meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, Dallas, Texas, p. 120.

Ehret, D. J., and J. A. Ebersole. 2014. Occurrence of the megatoothed sharks (Lamniformes: Otodontidae) in Alabama, USA. Abstracts, 7th Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Association of Vertebrate Paleontology, Jackson, Mississippi.

Ebersole, J. A. 2014. Nodosaur. Encyclopedia of Alabama. Published online January 13, 2014. http://www.encyclopediaofalabama.org/face/Article.jsp?id=h-3553.

Gentry, A. D. 2014. New stem-Chelonioid material from the Upper Cretaceous of Alabama and the taxonomic validity of the genus Ctenochelys (Testudines: Toxochelys). Posters with Abstracts, 7th Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Association of Vertebrate Paleontology, Jackson, Mississippi.

Prieto-Marquez, A. P., G. M. Erickson, and J. A. Ebersole. 2014. A new hadrosaurid from Appalachia and the evolution of the facial skeleton in ‘duck-billed’ dinosaurs. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, Program and Abstracts, Technical Session XIV:201.

Lively, J. R. 2013. Eocene Gyrolithes-Thalassinoides ichnocoenoses from Alabama and Peru: implications for marine vertebrate taphonomy. Poster presented at the Geological Society of America annual conference, 2013.

Lacefield, J. 2013. Lost Worlds in Alabama Rocks: A Guide to the State’s Ancient Life and Landscapes, 2nd Edition. Alabama Museum of Natural History, Tuscaloosa. 276 pp.

Brochu, C. A., R. K. Denton, Jr., B. S. Grandstaff, and D. C. Parris. 2012. Southern northern crocodiles: Borealosuchus from the Campanian of Alabama and the early biogeographic history of crocodilians in North America. Society of Vertebrate Paleontology Abstracts with Programs 2012:68-69.

Brudatte, S. L., Chioniere, J. N., R. B. Benson, T. D. Carr, and M. A. Norell. 2012. Theropod dinosaurs from the Late Cretaceous of Eastern North America; Anatomy, systematics, biogeography an new information from historic specimens. Society of Vertebrate Paleontology Abstracts with Programs 2012:70.

Ruez, D. R. 2008. Ice–Age mammals of Alabama and the state’s paleobiogeographical position. Earth Science Posters Abstracts, Journal of the Alabama Academy of Science 29(2):117.

Ruez, D. R. 2008. Ice–Age mammals of Alabama and the state’s paleobiogeographical position. Alabama Academy of Sciences, Section III, Earth Sciences, Poster 9.

Shaver, W., B. Schubert, and S. Wallace. 2006. The cave of sloths: a description of the Megalonyx jeffersonii remains from ACb–3 Cave, Colbert County, Alabama. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 26(3, Supplement):124.

Lamb, J. P., Jr. 2001. Dinosaur egg with embryo from the Cretaceous (Campanian) Mooreville Chalk Formation, Alabama. Abstracts, Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 21(3):70-71A.

Lamb, J. P., Jr. 1998. Lophorhothon, and Iguanodontian, not a Hadrosaur. Abstracts, Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 18(3):58A.

Lamb, J. P., Jr. 1997. A Late Cretaceous land bridge in the Gulf of Mexico Basin. Abstracts, Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 17(3):59A.

Lamb, J. P., Jr. 1997. Marsh was right: Ichthyornis had a beak! Abstracts, Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 17(3):59A.

Lamb, J. P., Jr. 1996. Ankylosauria from the Upper Cretaceous of Alabama. Abstracts, Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology.

Hooks, G. E., III. 1995. A new specimen of Calcarichelys gemma from the Mooreville Chalk (Campanian) of Alabama. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 15(3):35A-36A.

Sheldon, A. M. 1994. Ecological implications of mosasaur bone microstructure. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 14(3):45A.

Lamb, J. P., Jr., L. M. Chiappe, and P. G. P. Ericson. 1993. A marine Enantionithine from the Cretaceous of Alabama. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology Abstracts 13(3):45A.

Lamb, J. P., Jr., G. L. Bell, A. K. Rindsberg. 1991. The Catoma Creek scrap fauna (Late Cretaceous) from Montgomery County, Alabama. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 11(3, Supplement), Abstracts of Papers.

Lamb, J. P., Jr. 1989. Functional hearing in mosasaurs reassessed. Journal of the Alabama Academy of Science 60(3): Abstracts.

Meylan, P. A. 1988. The potential contribution of the collections of the Red Mountain Museum to a science center in the City of Birmingham. A report to the office of the Mayor.

Bell, G. L. Jr., and J. P. Lamb. 1987. Additional investigations in northwest Alabama caves. Journal of the Alabama Academy of Science 58(3):99.

Bell, G. L., Jr., and J. P. Lamb. 1987. Paleolog. Unpublished manuscript on file at McWane Science Center, Birmingham, Alabama, 6 pp.

Rothschild, B. M., L. D. Martin, G. Bell, and J. Lamb. 1987. Avascular necrosis in Cretaceous reptiles. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 7(3) Supplement, Abstracts of Papers.

Sheldon, A. M. 1987. Juvenile mosasaurs from the Mooreville Chalk of Alabama. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 7(3):25A.

Bell, G. L., Jr. 1985. Vertebrate faunal zones in the Upper Cretaceous of west central Alabama. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs 17(2):80.

Bell, G. L., Jr. 1985. Ground sloths from a cave near Tuscumbia. Journal of the Alabama Academy of Science 17(2):80.

Bell, G. L., Jr. 1985. Stratigraphy and fauna within latest Wisconsinan deposits in Bell Cave, northwest Alabama; pg. 8- in Geological Society of America, Southeastern Section, 34th annual meeting, Abstracts and Programs. Geological Society of America 17(2):80.

Theses and Dissertations

Grass, A. D. 2014. Inferring lifestyle and locomotor habits of extinct sloths through scapula morphology and implications for convergent evolution in extant sloths. PhD Dissertation, University of Iowa, 123 pp.

Carlisle, C. N. 2013. Archaeology after the field: assessment of the Josselyn Collection at the University of Alabama Birmingham. MS Thesis, Department of Archaeology, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa. 81 pp.

Holte, S. E. 2012. Description of Jefferson’s Ground Sloth (Megalonyx jeffersonii) from ACB-3 cave, Colbert County, Alabama, with comments on ontogeny, taphonomy, pathology, and paleoecology. Thesis, East Tennessee State University, 180 pp.

Konishi, T. 2009. Systematics of Plioplatecarpinae (Squamata: Mosasauridae). PhD Dissertation, University of Alberta.

Hooks, G. E., III. 1995. Redescription of the Protostegid Turtle Calcarichelys gemma Zangerl, 1953 and Systematic Revision of the Protostegididae using Cladistic Analysis. MS Thesis, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, 68 pp.

Sheldon, A. 1995. Ontogeny, ecology and evolution of North American mosasaurids (Clidastes, Platecarpus and Tylosaurus): evidence from bone microstructure. Unpublished MS Thesis, University of Rochester, New York.

Shannon, S. W. 1975. Selected Alabama Mosasaurs. Unpublished MS Thesis, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 77 pp.