Application for Visitors to Work on Specimens at the IVPP Collection
Visitors who wish to work on specimens from the fossil collection of the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology (IVPP) are required to supply the following information and to agree that they will comply with the rules governing use of the collection and any other specific requirement which may be applied. No work will be permitted until this has been done. Reservation of specimens at least one month earlier is required and visitors generally are only allowed to work on the specimens reserved in advance. If visitors need to work on additional specimens,they may need to apply again one month in advance even if they have arrived at IVPP. Access to the collection will normally only be permitted during weekday working hours (Mon-Fri), excluding public holidays. If you have any questions, please contact our collection managers. Email:
Rules Governing Working on Fossils in the Collection of the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology (IVPP), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)
  1. No person may work on any fossil from the collections of the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology (IVPP) unless specifically authorized to do so by the Director or his duly appointed nominee;
  2. Only those materials specified in the authorization are accessible; vistors cannot search for other material themselves without the grant of the director or his duly appointed nominee;
  3. Material cannot be moved out of the collection house without specific permission from the Director of his duly appointed nominee;
  4. No potentially destructive procedures may be carried out on any specimens without prior permission (this includes any kind of preparation, removal of any samples no matter how small, insertion of any probes or other mechanical devices, and the taking of measurements with calipers or other metallic or hard measuring devices which might cause physical damage to specimens);
  5. When working with delicate fossils, visitors must avoid to expose them to unnecessary risks; handling must be limited to an absolute minimum, and with great care - being held low over the work table, not held high off the floor where a fall could damage them beyond repair; when finished, they must at all times rest on protective cushions or mats;
  6. If any fossil is accidentally damaged, workers must on no account attempt to repair it themselves. Instead, the damage must be reported immediately to the Director or his duly appointed nominee so that it can be attended to by IVPP technical staff;
  7. No specimens may be photographed, casted or moulded, or made into any kinds of replicas, except with specific prior permission; photographs of IVPP specimens are not allowed to be used for scientific publication without specific prior permission;
  8. No photographs of any IVPP specimens may be used for any commercial purpose without the specific prior permission of the Director, and subject to any conditions set by him;
  9. If the work carried out on specimens at the IVPP is to be used for scientific publication or for a degree thesis or dissertation, then the worker should give proper citation to the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and obligate to send a copy of paper for the IVPP research archive;
  10. If the work to be carried out falls within the normal research areas of the IVPP, and if the IVPP fossil material forms a significant part of that work, then it would be expected that an appropriate member of the IVPP Research Staff should be invited to collaborate in the project and to coauthor in any resulting publication;
  11. All labels must be kept with the specimens at all times and returned with the specimens. Identification corrections should be reported to IVPP Collection staff and labels with corrected scientific names should be included when the material is return;
  12. Ignorance of these rules, or of any mishandling of specimens by workers who has been granted access to the collection, may cause any authority or privileges granted for working on specimens at the IVPP collection withholden.
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