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Division of Mammals

The Mammal Division of the Museum of Zoology was established in 1837, and has grown steadily to its current size, with over 150,000 specimens. An important feature of the mammal collection at the Museum of Zoology is our emphasis on non-traditional specimens; that is, preparations that go beyond or replace the traditional skin and skull. Our fluid collection numbers over 15,000 specimens.

Division News

Myers, a leading scholar in mammalian systematics and biodiversity, retires

Philip Myers, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and curator, Museum of Zoology, retired from active faculty status on December 31, 2013.

“Phil has had an extraordinary dual-track career at the University of Michigan,” said Professor Diarmaid Ó Foighil, director of the U-M Museum of Zoology. “In addition to the standard academic path of dedicated mammalian biodiversity expert and lecturer in the UMMZ and the EEB Department, Phil has made an enormous contribution to science education worldwide.


Animal Diversity Web adding 3D Skulls!

Just before the turn of the 21st century, the Animal Diversity Web created a series of cutting-edge QTVR object movies of mammal skulls. Now, with the help of UROP student Alex Risius, they’re creating new 3D models using photogrammetry tools provided by Autodesk. This method allows the creation of higher-resolution models, and provides users with much finer control over the spinning.


Recent Publications


Sperm related phenotypes implicated in both maintenance and breakdown of a natural species barrier in the house mouse.

Albrechtová, J, T. Albrecht, S. Baird, M. Macholán, P. Munclinger, G. Rudolfsen, P. K. Tucker, and J. Piálek.