USNM Curators Annual Reports - Department of Mammals, 1885-1886

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If you visit the National Museum of Natural History today, you might see a variety of taxidermied species on display. What creatures might you have encountered on a visit over 130 years ago?

Learn what was on display at the United States National Museum with this annual curator’s report from the Department of Mammals, 1885-86. The report details the condition of the mammal collection, including what specimens were on view, and which had been added or replaced.

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