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Cleveland Museum of Natural History

1 Wade Oval, Cleveland, OH 44106
The museum's cast of Lucy

The museum's cast of Lucy.

Photo credit: By Andrew from Cleveland, Ohio, USA (Lucy) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The Cleveland Museum of Natural History is located in University Circle, a 550-acre concentration of educational, cultural and medical institutions. Museum collections total more than 4 million specimens and include specimens of paleontology, zoology, archaeology, mineralogy, ornithology, and a variety of other scientific subjects.

Some of the more important specimens are an extensive collection of Late Devonian fossil fish from the Cleveland Shale; the only specimen of the small tyrannosaur Nanotyrannus lancensis; the holotype of the Haplocanthosaurus sauropod; the most complete mount of a Coelophysis bauri; an extensive mineralogy collection that includes a moon rock and the Jeptha Wade gem collection; multiple mastodon and mammoth specimens; and a cast of an Australopithecus afarensis skeleton, an early hominid affectionately dubbed Lucy. The Hamann-Todd Collection is a collection of more than 3100 human skeletons and over 900 primate skeletons that were assembled starting in 1893.

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