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The collection of paleovertebrates (IMEDEA-PALEOVERT) was driven by Dr. Josep Antoni Alcover. Most of the fossil specimens that are preserved in the IMEDEA come from deposits in the Balearic Islands. All records are fossil vertebrates mainly from the Pliocene and Quaternary Balearics. The IMEDEA-PALEOVERT collection, which is currently growing, has a great scientific interest in the number and diversity of species represented in the vertebrate faunas living in the Balearic Islands before to the arrival of humans.

Overall information

The IMEDEA-PALEOVERT collection includes a rich representation of fossil vertebrates from the Balearic Islands. Much of the research on the fossil vertebrate fauna of the Balearic Islands has been carried out and continues to be carried out on materials preserved in this collection. In addition, it preserves specimens of species and subspecies of amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals from the Balearic Islands and Macaronesian islands.

How to cite

Paleovertebrates collection: IMEDEA-PALEOVERT.

Usage restrictions

Loans with conditions.

Access restrictions

Loans are made to researchers and personnel, on-site by appointment. Through the person in charge.

Taxonomic coverage
Scientific names

Mammalia, Aves, Amphibia, Reptilia, Actinopterygii.

Geospatial coverage

The samples come mainly from the Balearic Islands, some from the Canary Islands and Macaronesia and to a lesser extent from the rest of the world.

Collection period

03/04/1955 - 06/04/2019.

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Types of objects

Preserved, non-living organisms (herbaria, animal collections and the like).

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Documentation status

In electronic and paper form.

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