About the Collection

The Bell Museum's Mammal Collection currently houses approximately 19,000 catalogued specimens. Of these, the vast majority are standard, dry skin and skull preparations, but we have an reasonably large collection of full skeletons and a growing collection of fluid preserved specimens. Geographically, most specimens come from collections made in the United States and the majority of these are from Minnesota. Internationally, the collections are particularly strong in specimens from Argentina and Chile and from Mexico.

We also have historically important collections from the Philippines and several dozen taxidermy mounts from African bovids. In addition to this research collection, we maintain a dedicated teaching collection that is actively used by courses at the University.

The mammal collection's database can be searched online through the MN Biodiversity Atlas.

Dr. Sharon Jansa, Curator

Mammal Collection, Bell Museum of Natural History
University of Minnesota
100 Ecology Building
1987 Upper Buford Circle
St. Paul MN 55108

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas

Over 400,000 scientific records and up to 175,000 high-resolution images make up our extensive online database.

This searchable interface integrates data on birds, mammals, fishes, plants, and fungi to provide public collections access and enhance agencies' capacity to perform a range of activities from biological surveys to conservation planning.