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Museum of Zoology THE POWER The University of Michigan Museum of Zoology (UMMZ) serves as the nucleus for the study of animal diversity on campus, focusing on the evolutionary origins of the planet’s animal species, the genetic information they contain and the ecosystems they form. Initiated in 1837, the collections have grown over time as scientific expeditions by U-M biologists and many others have entrusted archival research materials, collected from every region of the world, to its care. Museum collections provide the best record we have of life on earth, and their value continues to increase in a fast-changing world where most projections envisage profound ecological and faunal turnover by the end of the century. The UMMZ’s mission is grounded in basic research—but it is also informed by such projections, applying its resources and expertise to track the scope of change in natural ecosystems through time and to train future leaders in biodiversity and conservation. Students and r...