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Since its foundation in December 1990, the Museo Paleontológico "Egidio Feruglio" (MEF) has been committed to the protection, research, and dissemination of the paleontological heritage of Chubut Province, Argentina. The first arrival of original fossil specimens to the museum headed to the beginning of the development of the collection. At natural science museum institutions such as this one, increases in fossil records are a direct result of the research activity developed within (not taking into account increases by donations, or by inherited historical collections). Therefore, at the beginning of its institutional life, the growth of the MEF Collection was sporadic.


The inauguration of the new building in 1999, along with recognition from the international scientific community earned during the first ten years of MEF's life, enabled and promoted the arrival of a large number of researchers and students, which led to a substantial increase in fossil specimens for the collection. A larger space and some purpose-designed furniture, along with the implementation of international conservation standards, allowed for efficiently housing a continually growing number of specimens. At present, the MEF Collection and Conservation Department store over twenty-eight thousand specimens (published, under research, and un-published altogether), distributed along its respective sub-collections: 1-Paleobotany and Palynology, 2-Paleovertebrates, 3- Paleoinvertebrates and Ichnology, and 4-Herbarium. Moreover, that number continues to increase on a daily basis. Remarkable, over seven hundred of all catalogued specimens are type specimens.

2. Mission


The Mission of the Collection of the Museo Paleontológico “Egidio Feruglio” (MEF) is to preserve, protect, and house the Paleontological Heritage as an integral part of the National Cultural Heritage (National Law 25473) and that of the Chubut Province (Provincial Law XI – nº 11, former 3559). The MEF Collection aims to keep the highest national and international standards in all aspects of curation and protection of the curated specimens, as well as to increase the number of stored specimens, therefore augmenting the representation of the diverse fossil groups along the geological ages.


3. Structure


The MEF Collection is under the care of a Council of Curators that includes the Collection Coordinator and five Curators who represent each of areas of the Collection.


Collection Coordinator:

Dr. María Encarnación Pérez (mperez@mef.org.ar)


Paleobotany Collection:

Dr. Ignacio Escapa (iescapa@mef.org.ar)


Paleoinvertebrates and Ichnology Collection:

Dr. Alejandra Pagani (apagani@mef.org.ar)


Paleomastozoology Collection:

Dr. María Encarnación Pérez (mperez@mef.org.ar)


Non-mammalian Paleovertebrates Collection:

Dr. José Luis Carballido (jcarballido@mef.org.ar)



Dr. Luciana González Paleo (gonzalezpaleo@mef.org.ar)


In addition, there is a Collection Manager:

Eduardo Ruigómez (eruigomez@mef.org.ar)


And a Technician:

Laura Reiner (lreiner@mef.org.ar)


Protection of SPECIMENS


4. Protocol

This protocol aims to establish the mechanisms of the Collection by those who would require it.


2. Procedures performed to MEF specimens:

3. Study of specimens at the collection:

4. Loan of specimens:

Council of Curators, April of 2018


5. Visiting researchers and loan requests


Every person who requests or makes any procedure to specimens from the MEF Collection must be a qualified professional with an institutional endorsement. Graduate and post-graduate students must have their supervisor endorsement. Both specimen studies or loan requests of specimens from the Collection of MEF must be submitted exclusively through the MEF website.