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:
In addition to the above collections in Paris, MNHN is now able to offer access to marine resources and other facilities at its Marine Station in Concarneau (2700 m2 and 1300 m2 of aquariums). This is situated 5 hours by train from Paris and offers access to the shore to study various substrata, and allows sampling of a wide variety of fauna and flora which can be stored in the aquariums. Two boats are also available to allow for sampling at sea. The station also provides access to a herbarium and the algae collections of Crouan, and it is equipped with sequencing (not available within SYNTHESYS), sclerochronology and cell culture facilities. Visitors to Concarneau will be housed at the station’s guest house.
More information can be found at http://concarneau.mnhn.fr
FR-TAF constitutes a good environment for research. Our staff have a high record of publication in international peer-reviewed journals. In 2014, 500 researchers produced 1100 publications in international peer-reviewed journals.
The collections of FR-TAF comprise an estimated 70 million specimens and house approximately 835,000 primary types and reference specimens of natural history.