Philip L. Wright Zoological Museum
and Montana Comparative Skeletal Collection

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Philip L. Wright Zoological Museum and Montana Comparative Skeletal Collection

Collections

  Mammals: 14,500 specimens (representing 24 of the 26 Mammalian Orders, from over 70 families)

 

Various Felidae skulls.  Photo by E. Graslie

The study skin of a pangolin (Manis javanica) from the permanent collection.  Photo by E. Graslie.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Left: The study skin of a pangolin (Manis javanica)

Right: Various skulls of the family Felidae

 

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Birds: 7,000 specimens (from over 100 families)

 

Eggs from the 1890's collected by P.M. Silloway.  Photo by E. Graslie

Passerines from the avian collection.  Photo by E Graslie.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

Historic Nest and Egg collection:

This collection contains over 200 hundred specimens; the

earliest of which were collected by Morton John Elrod and

P.M. Silloway in the 1880's.

 

 

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Fish: 3,200 specimens (over 20,000 individuals from over 100 families)The Fish Collection in 2012 after a leak destroyed some boxes. Photo by E. Graslie

Fish Collections in alcohol as they were in 2006

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Left: The Fish Collection as they were stored in 2006

Right: The Fish Collection after being relocated, storage from 2006-present

Below: The skull of a Garpike (Family Lepisosteidae)

 

The teeth of a garpike.  Photo by E. Graslie

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The skull of a Boa constrictor.  Photo by E. Graslie

 

Reptiles and Amphibians:

   320 specimens (over 2,000 individuals)

 

 

Right: The skull of a Boa constrictor

 

 

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The Montana Comparative Skeletal Collection (MCSC) is a unit of the zoological museum, which is

specifically geared toward aiding faunal analysts, (particularly zooarchaeologists) with their studies.

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