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Mammalogy Department

The MCZ Mammalogy Department/Collection is currently stored in three locations. The majority of the collection is now located next door to the historic MCZ in the Northwest Building (NWB), 52 Oxford Street, Room B215.30. Use the NWB elevator nearest the lobby Café. Fluid specimens are housed in the MCZ Shared Fluid Facility on level G within the MCZ Ichthyology Department (26 Oxford Street). Finally, our Cetacean material is housed at the Concord Field Station, where our mammal preparation facility and dermestid beetle colony is located.

The collection represents an important resource for research in organismic and evolutionary biology. An average of 350 scientists use the collection every year to undertake diverse studies in evolution, population genetics, biomechanics, ecology, anatomy, zoogeography, systematics, zooarchaeology, taxonomy, anthropology, conservation, medicine, and health and safety. Over 50 loans per year are sent to researchers who are unable to visit or need to use specimens for extended periods of time (see Loan Policy).

The Mammalogy Collection is available for research, educational, and exhibition purposes. To visit/use the collection or to request a loan of specimens, please contact the Curatorial Associate, Judy Chupasko.