The Sam Noble Museum established the Oklahoma Collection of Genomic Resources in 2006. As an archive of biological tissue samples, this collection is somewhat like a library of genetic biodiversity. Collected and maintained under controlled conditions, these specimens are maintained for current and future research. Our collection currently holds over 49,000 tissue samples representing almost 700 genera. This includes more than 1,150 combined species of mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and fish. Most of the samples have voucher specimens that are housed in the Sam Noble Museum. There is a strong representation of mammals from Argentina and Oklahoma, amphibians and reptiles from the United States and the Philippines, birds from the Great Plains and fish from Puerto Rico. We continue to add to the collection’s taxonomic and geographic diversity through research conducted by curators, professional staff, students and associates in the field.
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