UCM Mammals Collection

Occurrence dataset published by University of Colorado Museum of Natural History

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Summary

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UCM Mammals Collection

Description

Vertebrate Zoology in the CU Museum of Natural History is a biodiversity repository of more than 120,000 specimens from five taxa: Fishes, Amphibians and Reptiles (Herpetology), Birds, Mammals, and Osteology. With the exception of birds, our collections are the largest collections of their kind in Colorado. Specimens from Colorado and the surrounding plains, plateaus, and basins are the strength of our collection. Since our specimens document changes in biodiversity over the last 200 years, they are treasures of biological and historical significance.

Mammal specimens are typically preserved as a set of a study skin and an extracted skull, although large mammals are prepared also as hides, taxidermy, and skeletons. Many people have added to the mammal collection over the years, including the pioneer Colorado naturalist, Edward Royal Warren (3,000+ specimens), Donald A. Spencer, Dallas A. Sutton, Leslie Viereck, and emeritus professor and former Museum Director, David M. Armstrong. E.R. Warren's archive of field notes and photographs are an invaluable resource for documenting distributions and changes of Colorado mammals in the first three decades of the 20th century.

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Administrative contact
Christy McCain
Curator of Vertebrate Zoology
University of Colorado Museum of Natural History Henderson Building, 15th and Broadway 80309 Boulder CO United States 303-735-1016
Metadata author
Christy McCain
Curator of Vertebrate Zoology
University of Colorado Museum of Natural History Henderson Building, 15th and Broadway 80309 Boulder CO United States 303-735-1016
Originator
Christy McCain
Curator of Vertebrate Zoology
University of Colorado Museum of Natural History Henderson Building, 15th and Broadway 80309 Boulder CO United States 303-735-1016

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University of Colorado Museum of Natural History

Publication Date

Feb 5, 2014

Registration Date

Feb 12, 2008

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Taxonomic Coverage

More than 14,600 specimens. 2 type specimens (1 holotype & 1 paratype)

CLASS
Mammalia (mammals)

Geographic Coverage

Twenty-five countries are represented in the mammal collection, though most specimens are from Colorado (nearly 70%) and other western states.

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Associated parties

Programmer
John Wieczorek
Information Architect
Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at UC Berkeley
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David Bloom
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Laura Russell
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