Cowan Tetrapod Collection - Mammals

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The Cowan Tetrapod Collection mammal holdings holdings of 540 species in 95 families is comprised over 20,000 specimens. Global in scope, the collection is especially strong in specimens collected from Western Canada and southern Africa. The collection was founded by Dr. Ian McTaggart-Cowan and his father-in-law Kenneth Racey. The mammal collection is housed at the University of British Columbia Beaty Biodiversity Museum which contains approximately 2 million natural history specimens.

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Cowan Tetrapod Collection at the University of British Columbia Beaty Biodiversity Museum (UBCBBM)


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Ildiko Szabo
  • Metadata Provider
  • Originator
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Assistant Curator
University of British Columbia Beaty Biodiversity Museum
2212 Main Mall
V6T 1Z4 Vancouver
Laura Russell
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David Bloom
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John Wieczorek
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Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at Berkeley

Geographic Coverage

Global in scope with a particular emphasis on Western Canada and Southern Africa.

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

Taxonomic Coverage

24 out of 29 living orders; 62% of living mammalian families are represented.

Class Mammalia (Mammals)

Temporal Coverage

Start Date / End Date 1930-01-01 / 2013-01-01

Collection Data

Collection Name Cowan Tetrapod Collection - Mammals
Collection Identifier UBCBBM
Parent Collection Identifier University of British Columbia Beaty Biodiversity Museum
Specimen preservation methods Dried

Additional Metadata

Alternative Identifiers 3ad882bb-cd21-4201-8b83-3684bfc6d830