Collection Use Policies


The collections housed at the DLC Division of Fossil Primates (DFP) include published and unpublished material. Published specimens are, of course, available for study by qualified researchers (professionals and graduate students). Some of the unpublished material has been allocated to particular researchers, but much more is available for study by request. Requests to study DFP specimens should be made by printing and filling out the research request form on this site and sending it to the Staff Specialist (see address below). Research cannot be initiated until this form is received and responded to in writing. Requests should include:

1. Researcher’s name, position, institution, and up-to-date contact information including phone number (home and work) and email address.

2. The subsection of the collection (or specimens) that the researcher wishes to examine.

3. Date(s) when the researcher wishes to examine the  materials

4. If the researcher wishes to borrow specimens, a DFP loan slip should be completed. Should a researcher’s academic affiliation change, the DFP should be informed.

5. In order to keep research material in the collection available for the maximum number of projects and researchers, each study based on specimens in the collection should be completed as efficiently as possible.

6. Please include an abstract regarding your research aims. If you are a student researcher, please list the name of your faculty advisor, or project supervisor.

Visits to the DLC Division of Fossil Primates

Researchers interested in visiting the DFP and examining the collections should contact the Staff Specialist, Catherine Riddle, at (919) 684-9824 or email Research visits to the vertebrate paleontology lab at the Division of Fossil Primates should be conducted during regular business hours (Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.).

Limitations on use of collections

Many of the L-41 primates and other vertebrates are extremely fragile and are subject to irreparable damage by water or humidity, and due to the value of all original primate specimens in the collection, these specimens should be studied in-house at Duke University and cannot be sent out on loan unless special arrangements are made.

All publications resulting from research on the collections should have a DLC publication number and acknowledge appropriate grants and agencies. Please contact after acceptance for assignment of a publication number. Please note: Due to the current contractual agreement with the Egyptian Mineral Resources Authority, all type specimens must be assigned an Egyptian Geological Museum (CGM) specimen number and returned to Egypt. Therefore, if you plan to name a type, please alert the Staff Specialist. Once your research is published, two copies should be sent to the DFP for deposit with the collections and to be shared with our international collaborators as appropriate.

Material loaned to researchers should not be used for teaching. Likewise DFP material  on loan should not be transferred to others or molded/cast without prior written permission. A copy of any casts made should be returned to the Division.

In order to avoid conflicts of research interest, research proposals will be reviewed and, where appropriate, approved by the DFP research committee.

Contact information

All research requests should be sent to:

Catherine Riddle, Staff Specialist
Division of Fossil Primates, Duke University Lemur Center
1013 Broad Street
Durham, NC 27705

(919) 684-9824

Business hours: 9:00 a.m. ’til 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday






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