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Type Specimens at McWane Science Center

McWane Science Center houses numerous zoological and paleontological type specimens. Among McWane’s type specimens includes fishes, invertebrates, birds, marine reptiles, ichnofossils, insects, and dinosaurs.

Type Specimens Housed at McWane Science Center

Sharks And Rays

MSC 2984.1 – Cretalamna bryanti Ebersole and Ehret, 2018; Mooreville Chalk (lower Campanian), Dallas County, AL – Holotype
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
MSC 39036 – Carcharhinus mancinae Ebersole et al., 2019; Gosport Sand (middle Eocene), Clarke County, AL – Holotype
MSC 39037 – Carcharhinus mancinae Ebersole et al., 2019; Gosport Sand (middle Eocene), Clarke County, AL – Paratype
MSC 39038 – Carcharhinus mancinae Ebersole et al., 2019; Gosport Sand (middle Eocene), Clarke County, AL – Paratype
MSC 39039 – Carcharhinus mancinae Ebersole et al., 2019; Gosport Sand (middle Eocene), Clarke County, AL – Paratype
MSC 39040 – Carcharhinus mancinae Ebersole et al., 2019; Gosport Sand (middle Eocene), Clarke County, AL – Paratype
MSC 39041 – Carcharhinus mancinae Ebersole et al., 2019; Gosport Sand (middle Eocene), Clarke County, AL – Paratype
MSC 42412 – Mennerotodus mackayi Cicimurri et al., 2020; Pine Barren Member (lower Paleocene), Lowndes County, AL – Holotype
MSC 42405 – Mennerotodus mackayi Cicimurri et al., 2020; Pine Barren Member (lower Paleocene), Lowndes County, AL – Paratype
MSC 42406 – Mennerotodus mackayi Cicimurri et al., 2020; Pine Barren Member (lower Paleocene), Lowndes County, AL – Paratype
MSC 42407 – Mennerotodus mackayi Cicimurri et al., 2020; Pine Barren Member (lower Paleocene), Lowndes County, AL – Paratype
MSC 42408 – Mennerotodus mackayi Cicimurri et al., 2020; Pine Barren Member (lower Paleocene), Lowndes County, AL – Paratype
MSC 42409 – Mennerotodus mackayi Cicimurri et al., 2020; Pine Barren Member (lower Paleocene), Lowndes County, AL – Paratype
MSC 42410 – Mennerotodus mackayi Cicimurri et al., 2020; Pine Barren Member (lower Paleocene), Lowndes County, AL – Paratype
MSC 42411 – Mennerotodus mackayi Cicimurri et al., 2020; Pine Barren Member (lower Paleocene), Lowndes County, AL – Paratype
MSC 42413 – Mennerotodus mackayi Cicimurri et al., 2020; Pine Barren Member (lower Paleocene), Lowndes County, AL – Paratype
MSC 42416 – Mennerotodus mackayi Cicimurri et al., 2020; Pine Barren Member (lower Paleocene), Lowndes County, AL – Paratype
MSC 42432 – Mennerotodus mackayi Cicimurri et al., 2020; Pine Barren Member (lower Paleocene), Lowndes County, AL – Paratype

Trace Fossils

MSC 8206 (UCM 364) – Nanopus reidiae Haubold et al., 2005; Pottsville Formation (lower Pennsylvanian), Walker County, AL – Paratype
MSC 8224 (UCM 311) – Nanopus reidiae Haubold et al., 2005; Pottsville Formation (lower Pennsylvanian), Walker County, AL – Paratype
MSC 9042 – Kouphichnium aspodon Aldrich, 1930; Pottsville Formation (lower Pennsylvanian), Walker County, AL – Lectoparatype
MSC 9433 – Kouphichnium aspodon Aldrich, 1930; Pottsville Formation (lower Pennsylvanian), Walker County, AL – Lectoparatype
MSC 38454 – Kouphichnium aspodon Aldrich, 1930; Pottsville Formation (lower Pennsylvanian), Walker County, AL – Lectoparatype
MSC 38456 – Kouphichnium aspodon Aldrich, 1930; Pottsville Formation (lower Pennsylvanian), Walker County, AL – Lectoparatype
MSC 9324 – Kouphichnium minkinensis King et al., 2019; Pottsville Formation (lower Pennsylvanian), Walker County, AL – Paratype
MSC 13952.1 – Kouphichnium atkinsoni King et al., 2019; Pottsville Formation (lower Pennsylvanian), Walker County, AL – Lectoparatype

Birds

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

Dinosaurs

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

Insects

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

Turtles

MSC 35984 – Asmodochelys parhami Gentry et al., 2019; “Muldrow” Member of the Demopolis Chalk, Wilcox County, AL – Holotype
MSC 40935 – Asmodochelys parhami Gentry et al., 2019; Bluffport Marl Member of the Demopolis Chalk, Sumter County, AL – Paratype

Bony Fishes

MSC 43416 – Centropristis priaboniana Nolf and Stringer, 2003; Tullos Member (upper Eocene), Caldwell Parish, LA – Paratype
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