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Overseen by a board of curators from the Yale University faculty, the exceptional collections of the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History are at the heart of University teaching, the interdisciplinary studies of researchers from around the world, and Museum exhibitions that communicate the importance and excitement of studying the earth’s history and diversity. There are more than 12 million specimens and objects held by the Museum’s 13 curatorial divisions, less than 1% of which can be displayed to the public at any given time.


The Yale Peabody Museum’s collections are available to legitimate researchers for scholarly use. Loans are issued to responsible individuals at established institutions. Loans and access to the collection can be arranged through the appropriate curatorial division.


The honorary titles of Faculty Affiliate and Curatorial Affiliate is given to individuals who give some of their time and expertise to the Division. Affiliates are appointed by a vote of the board of curators and typically serve a 5-year renewable term.


The George Gaylord Simpson Prize 


An annual award for a paper on evolution and the fossil record, named for George Gaylord Simpson (Yale PhD ’26), the most influential paleontologist of the 20th century and a major proponent of the modern evolutionary synthesis


Past recipients