The ETSU Gray Fossil Site & Museum began curating modern vertebrate specimens in 2001, and the collections have grown dramatically through donations and researcher acquisitions. The zoology collections serve primarily as a comparative anatomy and osteology resource for researchers in paleontology and archaeology. They are also heavily used for teaching experiences in university classrooms, museum programming, and community outreach.


  • Over 7,000 modern animal specimens, predominantly mammals and reptiles.
  • Hundreds of specimens from outside of North America.
  • World-class comparative osteology collection with regional strengths in the Southeastern and Southwestern US.

It’s my duty to the public and academic community to house, protect, and oversee the skeletal remains of this fascinating assortment of animals from our world.” ~ Brian Compton, Museum Specialist