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MSU Mammalogy, Ornithology and Vertebrate Paleontology Collections

Latest version published by Michigan State University Museum on Dec 22, 2016 Michigan State University Museum

The Michigan State University Museum (MSU) Mammal Research Collection includes more than 39,500 specimens, approximately 8,000 of which are from the Great Lakes region. Mexico, Chile, Argentina, and Ecuador are also well represented. The collection includes skeletons, study skins, skulls, tanned hides, frozen tissues, and fluid-preserved specimens.<br><br> The Ornithology Research Collection includes over 13,000 specimens; more than one third are from Michigan. Also well-represented are Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, Chile, and Brazil. Many of the specimens were part of the original holdings of the Michigan Agricultural College Museum, among them historically important series collected by naturalists Walter Barrows and Dillman S. Bullock. The collection includes study skins, skeletons, taxidermy mounts, eggs, nests, and fluid-preserved specimens.<br><br> The Vertebrate Paleontology Research collection includes over 4,200 specimens, approximately 90% of which are from North America. The most significant holdings are Cenozoic amphibians and reptiles from throughout North America, Permian fishes and tetrapods from Texas, and Late Pleistocene faunal remains from the Great Lakes region.

Data Records

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MSU Mammalogy, Ornithology and Vertebrate Paleontology Collections

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The publisher and rights holder of this work is Michigan State University Museum. To the extent possible under law, the publisher has waived all rights to these data and has dedicated them to the Public Domain (CC0 1.0). Users may copy, modify, distribute and use the work, including for commercial purposes, without restriction.

GBIF Registration

This resource has been registered with GBIF, and assigned the following GBIF UUID: 22a66350-7947-4a49-84a3-39c7c1b0881f.  Michigan State University Museum publishes this resource, and is itself registered in GBIF as a data publisher endorsed by U.S. Geological Survey.

Keywords

Occurrence; Specimen

Contacts

Who created the resource:

Laura Abraczinskas
Collections Manager
Michigan State University Museum 409 West Circle Drive 48824 East Lansing MI US +01 517-355-1290
http://museum.msu.edu/

Who can answer questions about the resource:

Laura Abraczinskas
Collections Manager
Michigan State University Museum 409 West Circle Drive 48824 East Lansing MI US +01 517-355-1290
http://museum.msu.edu/

Who filled in the metadata:

Laura Abraczinskas
Collections Manager
Michigan State University Museum 409 West Circle Drive 48824 East Lansing MI US +01 517-355-1290
http://museum.msu.edu/

Who else was associated with the resource:

Programmer
Laura Russell
Programmer
David Bloom
Programmer
John Wieczorek
Information Architect
Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at UC Berkeley
Curator
Barbara Lundrigan
Curator of Mammalogy and Ornithology
Michigan State University Museum 409 West Circle Drive 48824 East Lansing MI US +01 517-355-6752
http://museum.msu.edu/
Curator
Pamela Rasmussen
Assistant Curator of Mammalogy and Ornithology
Michigan State University Museum 409 West Circle Drive 48824 East Lansing MI US +01 517-432-0872
http://museum.msu.edu/
Curator
Michael Gottfried
Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology
Michigan State University Museum 409 West Circle Drive 48824 East Lansing MI US +01 517-432-7445
http://museum.msu.edu/

Geographic Coverage

Mammalogy holdings are from the Great Lakes region. Mexico, Chile, Argentina, and Ecuador are also well represented.<br><br> More than one third of the Ornithology holdings are from Michigan. Also well-represented are Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, Chile, and Brazil.<br><br> Approximately 90% the Vertebrate Paleontology holdings are from North America.

Bounding Coordinates South West [-90, -180], North East [90, 180]

Taxonomic Coverage

No Description available

Class  Mammalia,  Aves

Additional Metadata

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Alternative Identifiers 22a66350-7947-4a49-84a3-39c7c1b0881f
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