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Mammals
researcher measuring skull fossil

Researchers are turning to the Burke’s collection of fossil baleen whales from the Pacific Northwest to better understand how the largest creatures on earth evolved.

Mammalogy specimens

The Mammalogy Collection database includes over 55,000 specimen records.

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An interactive tree diagram showing the pathways of relatedness and historical evolution of today’s 29 different mammal orders.

Student Rochelle Kelly researches how bats are susceptible to land fragmentation, providing information on how to protect these animals.

olympic marmot in field

Washington is home to 141 species of mammals. Learn all about their habits and habitats, what they eat, where they live, and more.

Force transducer setup used to measure the bite force of bats.

How hard can a bat bite, and why does it matter?

Zebra jaw showing high-crowned teeth.

Researchers sink their teeth into this tricky evolutionary question. 

The Townsend’s big-eared bat

Various bat species have different needs to survive, which can severely decrease their ability to cope with habitat fragmentation. 

red-eared guenon

Burke researchers analyzed monkey facial patterns and found both social and environmental connections.

Logan was fitted with a radio collar so the team can track his movement and learn more about his range

Wolverines are one of the rarest and most elusive mammals in North America. Hunted near extinction they’re finally starting to return.

Monkeys have the most colorful faces of all mammals, and new research suggests that’s not just a pretty face. 

The Greater spear-nosed bat, Phyllostomus hastatus

Sharlene Santana studies how behavior, diet, anatomy and function result in bursts of diversification in tropical bats.

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