UMZC Zoological Specimens

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The University Museum of Zoology in Cambridge contains collections that rival those of the major university museums world-wide. They were designated in 1998 as being of outstanding historical and international importance. Much of the Museum’s material derives from the great collecting expeditions of the 19th century, which provided the first documentation of the fauna in many parts of the globe. The collections therefore provide essential baseline data against which to assess the current distribution and status of species, particularly in the Red Sea, Indian Ocean, South-East Asia, and the oceanic islands. The collections include individual specimens of exceptional historical significance including fine examples of the Dodo and Great Auk, skins of the extinct Tasmanian Wolf and many of Darwin’s specimens, some of which were collected from his voyage on the Beagle, and from his time studying at the University of Cambridge. Continuing research in the Museum provides a major source of new accessions. Recent examples include fossils of the earliest land vertebrates, molluscs from the excavation of the Channel Tunnel, which document climactic change in Europe over the past 10,000 years, and a rich variety of invertebrate fauna from the Seychelles.

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This resource has been registered with GBIF, and assigned the following GBIF UUID: 717b3b87-0ebd-46b4-812b-4a29786798d9.  The University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge publishes this resource, and is itself registered in GBIF as a data publisher endorsed by National Biodiversity Network.


Mammals; Birds; Fish; Early Tetrapods; Fossils; Reptiles; Amphibians; Skeletons; Skins; Spirit Specimens; Occurrence; Specimen


Mathew Lowe
  • Metadata Provider
  • Originator
  • Point Of Contact
Collections Manager
University Museum of Zoology Cambridge (Zoology)
Downing Street
CB2 3EJ Cambridge
+44 (0) 1223 336659
Laura Russell
  • Programmer
VertNet Programmer
David Bloom
  • Programmer
VertNet Coordinator
John Wieczorek
  • Programmer
Information Architect
Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at Berkeley

Geographic Coverage

World wide coverage.

Bounding Coordinates South West [-85.16, -176.33], North East [84.92, -175.23]

Temporal Coverage

Start Date / End Date 1800-01-01 / 2012-06-11

Project Data

No Description available

Title Mr

The personnel involved in the project:

Mathew Lowe
  • Custodian Steward

Collection Data

Collection Name University Museum of Zoology
Collection Identifier UMZC
Parent Collection Identifier UMZC
Specimen preservation methods Other

Additional Metadata

Alternative Identifiers 717b3b87-0ebd-46b4-812b-4a29786798d9