FR-TAF includes nine sections of collections and libraries (mineralogy & geology, palaeontology, botany, vertebrates zoology, invertebrates zoology, arthropods, prehistory, anthropology, living collections) and nine departments in the Museum national d’Histoire naturelle. They are situated in different buildings located in three major areas in the centre of Paris:

  1. Jardin des Plantes and the Buffon-Poliveau block are home to collections of zoology (vertebrates and invertebrates), botany, palaeontology, geology and mineralogy, biological resources. The gallery of mineralogy houses the reference specimens from the Paris Basin and the Specialized libraries attached to research department and the main library holds most of the documentation and archives. Large instruments used to study collections (molecular biology labs, scanning electron microscopes, mass spectrometers) are also located on the Jardin des Plantes.
  2. Musée de l’Homme holds anthropology and part of the prehistory collections. It also houses a DNA lab and a library.
  3. The Institut de Paléontologie Humaine houses Human palaeontology and Quaternary geology collections inlucding a rich osteological sampling and the recent bone collections of the Comparative Anatomy and Mammalogy sections.

Important information for potential users

The Musee de L’Homme is currently closed and will re-open in 2012. The Collections will be moved to the MNHN in the Jardin des Plantes at the end 2009. Visitors wishing to have access to these collections will work at the Jardin des Plantes.

The herbarium (Jardin des Plantes) is being renovated. Sections of the Collections will be closed for 6 month period and will not be accessible. Please contact your Host for more details.

FR TAF research highlights

FR-TAF constitutes a good environment for research. Staff has a high record of publication in international peer-reviewed journals. In 2005, 382 researchers produced 594 papers in international peer-reviewed journals.

  • Phylogenetic systematics, involving both morphological and molecular studies
  • Biodiversity variations through time: Study for comparison of the Compsognathus type from Canjuers (South France)
  • Identification systems: New species of Annonaceae from Tanzania
  • Biodiversity and Biogeographic studies: Study of Miocene fish fauna from Algeria
  • Specific Biodiversity programs: Study of new forms of Muricidae from New Caledonia

FR TAF Member Institutions

Institution Location Website
Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle Paris, France