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The Biodiversity Research and Teaching Collections (originally Texas Cooperative Wildlife Collection) were established in 1936 by W.P. Taylor and Dr. William B. Davis, founder of the Department of Wildlife Management (later Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences) at Texas A&M University. The BRTC maintains one of the largest University-based natural history collections in the United States, with over one million preserved specimens. The Biodiversity Research and Teaching Collections primarily document the faunal history of Texas, the United States, Central and South America, and the Gulf of Mexico. However, the collections contain specimens from around the world. The collections of specimens includes their associated historical documents, field notes, and original collector catalogs.

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