Shelf Life TOC Archive: Episode 9

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.

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EPISODE NINE

 

Kinsey's Wasps

Before revolutionizing the study of sex, Alfred Kinsey gathered millions of gall wasps. How can big collections help scientists?Explore this Episode

 

 EPISODE ONE  

 

33 Million Things

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

 

EPISODE TWO  

 

Turtles and Taxonomy

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

 

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.Explore this Episode

 

EPISODE FOUR  

 

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.Explore this Episode

 

EPISODE FIVE  

 

How to Time Travel to a Star

Our astrophysicists are searching through early photographs of the night sky and helping to digitize them along the way. Explore this Episode

 

EPISODE SIX

 

The Tiniest Fossils

Some of the Museum’s smallest specimens hold big insights about the history of Earth’s climate. Explore this Episode

 

EPISODE SEVEN  

 

The Language Detectives

An anthropologist and a computational biologist join forces to study a group of ancient languages.Explore this Episode

 

EPISODE EIGHT  

 

Voyage of the Giant Squid

Getting a giant squid from New Zealand to New York is no easy feat.Explore this Episode

 

EPISODE NINE  

 

Kinsey's Wasps

Before revolutionizing the study of sex, Alfred Kinsey gathered millions of gall wasps. How can big collections help scientists?Explore this Episode

  

 

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