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The University of Michigan Museum of Zoology serves as the nucleus for the study of animal diversity on campus, focusing on the evolutionary origins of the planet’s animal species, the genetic information they contain and the ecosystems they form. Now part of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UMMZ houses world-class collections that span almost 200 years of regional and global biodiversity supporting a multi-faceted Departmental research and teaching program.

News & Events

The Hungriest Critters in the UMMZ Featured on YouTube…Again!!!

The UMMZ dermestid colony was the recent subject of a video created for the YouTube channel, WorldByCharlie.  EEB undergraduate, Charlie Engelman, is the person behind WorldByCharlie and is the producer of its content.

Behind the Scenes Outreach 2014!

The Museum of Anthropology, Museum of Natural History, Museum of Paleontology, and Museum of Zoology open up their doors to let the public see what goes on inside.

Dental School Course Uses the UMMZ Collections for Comparative Anatomy Lecture

Graduate students from the Michigan School of Dentistry visited the UMMZ Mammal Collection for a comparative anatomy lecture as part of their Neural Basis of Orofacial Pain and Function course.

New book: “Human Social Evolution, The Foundational Works of Richard D. Alexander”

Human Social Evolution, The Foundational Works of Richard D. Alexander” was published in 2013 by 0xford University Press. Edited by former students Drs. Kyle Summers and Bernard Crespi, the book covers major topics of interest in human social evolution and brings together Alexander’s classic works.

Recent grad finds rare, giant deep-sea oarfish

Alumna Jasmine Santana (BA Screen Arts and Culture major, EEB minor 2010), made a big media splash for her recent discovery of an intact adult oarfish. Santana, a marine science instructor, was snorkeling off the coast of Southern California in October 2013 when she spotted the enormous oarfish. Santana teaches at the Catalina Island Marine Institute.

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Please Note: The Museum of Zoology is a research facility. It is not usually open to the public. Please refer to the Museum of Natural History website if you wish to visit.