This is one of the United States most diverse and outstanding collections of complete skeletons. The collection contains nearly 20,000 specimens from all vertebrate classes. This collection is used extensively by researchers in zoology and zooarchaeology.
For over 40 years, the UWZM has been one of only a few institutions outside of Ecuador permitted to salvage specimens from the Galápagos Islands; over 1,300 specimens represent most vertebrates from the islands and are present as skeletons or preserved specimens. Dr. Craig MacFarland's graduate studies instigated the collaborative relationship between the UWZM, the Charles Darwin Research Station and the Galápagos National Park. Subsequently, Craig served as director of the Charles Darwin Research Station (1974-1978) and president of the Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galápagos Islands (1985-1996). Use of and access to Craig MacFarland's Field Notes.