Jacksonville University's Life Sciences Museum houses an impressive collection
of unique specimens; some fossils date to 400 million years ago. Included in
the collection are sharks teeth, various mammal skulls (fossil and extant
species), African mammal skins and horns collected in the 1920's, as well as
extant species of fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals.
Dr. Cliff Jeremiah has donated
fossil specimens and time working with students setting up exhibits and
preparing specimens. The Pace family donated an African Mammal
Collection of skins, horns and antlers. Bob and Beverly
Davis donated 184 individual bird mounts to the
collection. Maggie Wheldon donated a shell collection that
represents a lifetime collecting effort. White Oak
Plantation donated skulls of Grevy's Zebra, Gerenuk, Maned Wolf, and
Cheetah. A collection of Sherman's Fox Squirrel study skins from White Oak
Plantation reside in the collection and were road kill specimens collected for
JU by the late Pat Rider of White Oak Plantation and were
prepared by Dr. Ken Hoover and JU students. Jean Tinsman has
donated a collection of naturalists' art and African specimens to the museum.
This collection was originally assembled by her late aunt.
of each of these contributions is priceless but some costs can be specified.
The taxidermist's charges for preparation of the bird collection would be
$44,400. The costs of travel, skin and horn preparation and value of the
specimens from the Pace family would also be very high. The contributions by
Dr. Cliff Jeremiah in collection time, preparation of the many specimens, and
value of the specimens themselves, are priceless. The Maggie Wheldon Memorial
Shell Collection has been at Jacksonville University for many decades, contains
thousands of shells and is a collection that cannot be replaced. White Oak
Plantation management and staff has generously encouraged and supported
scientific endeavors by JU faculty and the contributions to the JU Life Sciences
Museum is a part of this support.
Dr. Ken Hoover, Professor of Biology, started
the JU Life Sciences Museum in 2002 and he has directed its development since
The Life Sciences Museum is located on the
second floor of the Nelms Lab Building, in room 28. Come and see this
developing display of fossil and extant species.
For questions or to arrange a tour,
please contact the Science and Mathematics Division Office at 265-7300.