Multiple mammoth site containing at least one Woolly Mammoth. Discovered in Mahaska County, IA in 2010.
Iowa's first confirmed Giant Short-faced bear discovery. Found in Cass County, Iowa in 2008.
A group of three Giant Ground Sloths; one adult, one adolsecent and one juvenile, discovered in Shenandoah, Iowa in 2001.
Our collections include approximately 140,000 specimens, objects, and artifacts. Our database is not yet online, but researchers, faculty, instructors, students, and others needing more detailed information on our collections should contact our collections manager, Cindy Opitz, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 319-335-0481.
The main divisions of our collections are:
Ornithology: More than 31,000 birds (study skins or mounted), eggs, and nests.
Mammalogy: More than 5,000 study skins, skulls, skeletons, fluid-preserved specimens, and mounted specimens.
Other vertebrates: A small number of reptiles, fish, and amphibians.
Entomology: Approximately 41,000 pinned insects, including at least 4 type specimens. In 2013-2015 the entire entomology collection is being rehoused and digitized thanks to grant funding from the State Historical Society of Iowa and the National Science Foundation.
Other Invertebrates: Approximately 44,000 specimens and lots, dry or fluid-preserved, including crustaceans, leeches, mollusks, sponges, corals, and other taxa. Most have not yet been catalogued and up-to-date identifications may be lacking.
Archaeology and ethnography: More than 6,000 objects, including Archaic period lithics, Meskwaki beadwork, ceramics, and ethnographic objects from around the world.
Our significant and named collections include:
|1890-1895||Kallam Collection||700 stone tools from Tama County, Iowa|
|1892||Talbot Bird Collection||7,000 bird skins & ornithological library|
|1892-1895||Frank Russell Collection||ethnographic materials, birds and mammals (see list)|
|1904||Philippine Collection, St. Louis World's Fair||ethnographic materials (see list)|
|1930||Jones Bird Collection||600 mounted birds and 8,000 eggs|