Hominin Cast Collection at the California Academy of Sciences

The Department of Anthropology houses a collection of hominin fossil and comparative casts that are available for reference by qualified researchers and students by advance appointment only. To determine if our collection contains casts of specimens which might prove useful to your research, please review the spreadsheets linked below.

If you would like to arrange a visit to access the cast collection, please contact the Anthropology Collection Manager. Please include a CV, brief research proposal and list of the species and/or elements you would like to view. For students, also include a letter of support from a faculty member, on institutional letterhead.


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Anthropology Collections

Our permanent research collection consists of more than 16,000 objects, most of which are ethnographic. Current strengths include holdings from the U.S. Southwest and the Pacific Islands, and basketry from California. Our searchable online database features the entire Anthropology collection, including digital images for every piece.

Anthropology FAQs

How to access our collections, donate objects, apply for an internship, and more.

Anthropology Publications

Our department publishes articles in scientific journals, contributes chapters to books, and produces select collection catalogs.