Shelf Life TOC Archive - Episode 4

Dive deep inside the Museum's collection to discover the past, present, and future of its approximately 33 million artifacts and specimens in this new series with original monthly videos.



EPISODE THREE

Six Ways to Prepare a Coelacanth

  The story of the Museum's iconic prehistoric fish specimen leads to a primer on specimen preparation.





EPISODE ONE

33 Million Things

Consider this your golden ticket into our world-renowned collections, with scientists and collections staff as your guides.





EPISODE TWO  

Turtles and Taxonomy

How do you organize 33 million things? Herpetologist Darrel Frost talks taxonomy—the science of classification.


 



EPISODE THREE  

Six Ways to Prepare a Coelacanth

  The story of the Museum's iconic prehistoric fish specimen leads to a primer on specimen preparation.


 


EPISODE FOUR  |  PREMIERES FEBRUARY 17, 2015

Skull of the Olinguito

Ninety years after it was collected, Mammal #66753 was finally recognized as a new species. This is the tale of one specimen's journey from obscurity to scientific treasure.


 


EPISODE FIVE  |  PREMIERES MARCH 23, 2015

How to Time Travel to a Star

Our astrophysicists are searching through early photographs of the night sky to prove a modern hypothesis, and helping to digitize them along the way. 


 

 
 

NEW EPISODES PREMIERING MONTHLY

Shelf Life is a collection for curious minds—opening doors, pulling out drawers, and taking the lids off some of the incredible, rarely-seen items in the American Museum of Natural History.