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National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Division of Mammals


The Smithsonian Venezuelan Project was coordinated by Charles O. Handley, Jr., curator of mammals at National Museum of Natural History, and V. J. Tipton. According to publication written by C.O. Handley, the project had 7 objectives: 1)collect as large and representative a sample of mammals as possible in all parts of Venezuela; 2) collect whole populations of ectoparasites from as many mammals as possible; 3) collect a standard set of biological, geographical, and ecological data with every specimen; 4) develop standard procedures for conduct of extensive epidemiological surveys; 5) convert all data to machine-readable form; 6) publish monographs or summary papers on the mammals and on each group of parasites; 7) studv mammal-parasite-habitat relationships. The field groups included: (1965 - 1966) Norman E. Peterson (leader), Jim Flanigan, Chris Parrish, Martin L. Taylor, David G. Young; Group II Merlin D. Tuttle (leader), Arden L. Tuttle, Claudette Tuttle; (1966 - 1967) Group I—Norman E. Peterson (leader), Daniel B. Peacock, Richard B. Peacock; Group II-Merlin D. Tuttle (leader), Fred L. Harder, Virginia E. Harder, Claudette H. Tuttle; (1967 - 1968) Group I—Norman E. Peterson (leader), Fred P. Brown, Jr., John O. Matson; Group II—Arden L. Tuttle (leader), Benjamin Inquilla, Ernest L. Stromeyer, Charlotte A. Tuttle. Also included D. P. Furman, C. O. Handley Jr., C. L. Hayward, Carlos Machado, Carlos Naranjo, Juhani Ojasti, R. H. Pine, V. J. Tipton, and C. E. Yunker.


C. O. Handley. (1955). Mammals of the Smithsonian Venezuelan Project. Brigham Young University science bulletin, 20, 1975-1976.







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