ASU Natural History Collection featured in Journal of Mammology

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The ASU Biology Department’s Angelo State Natural History Collections (ASNHC) is prominently featured in a research article published in the December 2018 issue of the Journal of Mammalogy, the flagship publication of the American Society of Mammalogists.

Co-authored by Dr. Robert Dowler of the ASU biology faculty, the article is titled “Mammal collections of the Western Hemisphere: a survey and directory of collections.” Through nearly two years of research, Dowler and his co-authors documented the specimen holdings of all the active natural history mammal collections in the Western Hemisphere – concluding that there were 395 active collections as of 2017.

Another important aspect of the mammal collections documented in the article is the number of preserved mammalian tissue samples available in each one. With over 14,000 frozen mammal tissue samples, the ASNHC ranks ninth in the Western Hemisphere and is the second-largest in Texas behind only the collection housed in the Museum of Texas Tech University.

Additionally, the ASNHC Mammalogy Collection is one of only 84 of the 395 active collections with more than 10,000 mammal specimens.


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