The mission of the University of California Museum of Paleontology (UCMP) is to investigate and promote the understanding of the history of life and the diversity of the Earth's biota through research and education. UCMP is an active center of national and international research and houses one of the nation's largest collections of fossils as well as state-of-the-art facilities for the study of these fossils.
UCMP has the largest paleontological collection of any university museum in the world. These well-curated and computerized collections include fossil and modern organisms representing prokaryotes to vertebrates collected from all continents. The Museum serves the University community in various research projects and provides support for instruction at Berkeley and other UC campuses. In addition, the collections are used by paleontologists, biologists and geologists throughout the world.
UCMP shares its science with the multiple audiences through its multiple websites, lectures, short courses, and workshops, and through collaborations with others.