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How can you be sure you're the first scientist to discover a species?
Melanie looking through specimens in the Museum's collection
Melanie looking through specimens in the Museum's collection
 
Melanie Said
Back at the Museum, I compare the specimens I've brought back with other fish in our collection. The collection is like a library but, instead of books, it has millions of specimens. When a scientist describes a new species, the specimen is called a "type."