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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

Phil Myers, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and curator, Museum of Zoology, retired from active faculty status on December 31, 2013. Myers is a leading scholar in mammalian systematics and biodiversity, with special expertise in South American mammals. More recently, his research explored the impact of climate change on the biogeography of northern hemisphere mammals. The U-M Regents salute this distinguished researcher, scholar and educator by naming him professor emeritus of ecology and evolutionary biology and curator emeritus.

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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.

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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.

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