Past Research

Louis Habeck, Artist

Louis Habeck, Artist

The UMZM is currently assisting in the research of photographer and sculptor Louis Habeck, who has been commissioned by a public mall in Michigan to create over seventy life-like birds and mammals for an interactive Imaginarium Castle!  Louis lives and works in Billings, Montana, but the UMZM has continued to play an imperative part in informing the realism of his sculptures through digital correspondence. 

clay renderingof jay
A blue jay in the process of being molded for multiple casting.

Faunal Analysis of Pictograph Cave (24YL1)

Pictograph Cave, Yellowstone County, Montana, USA

With approximately 14,000-15,000 specimens, representing at least 20  species of fauna, the Pictograph Cave (photo courtesy of Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks) faunal assemblage is vast in size and rich with diversity.  The cave is located outside Billings, Montana and since original excavations were undertaken at the site in the late 1930s, it has been recognized as being a very important component for understanding the prehistory of the region.  With help from the zoological museum's Montana Comparative Skeletal Collection (MCSC), research associate , Jon Hardes analyzed the small mammals, carnivores, birds, and herpetiles from the cave.

pictograph cave entrance in winter snow

Faunal Analysis of Site 5MN5462

Montrose County, Colorado, USA

Jon Hardes, a research associate with the zoological museum analyzed the faunal assemblage from Site 5MN5462, a small rockshelter located in Montrose County, southwestern Colorado.  The faunal assemblage is comprised of  2,355 bones and represents an array of species including bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis) and Black-billed Magpie (Pica hudsonia).

Research Loans

Pronghorn (Antilocapra americana) research at the International Wildlife Museum, Tucson, Arizona, USA Richard S. White, Jr., Director of the International Wildlife Museum, borrowed 15 Pronghorn skulls and mandibles from  the zoological museum for studies he is currently conducting on the species at his facility in  Arizona