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From the Collections posts Just Our Types: A Short Guide to Type Specimens Holotypes, the physical example used in describing a species, are important but they’re not the only specimens that get special designations. February 26, 2015 From the Collections posts Five Facts: The Olinguito Researchers still have a lot to learn about the olinguito, which was officially identified in 2013 from specimens that had spent... February 20, 2015 From the Collections posts A Guinea Worm Hiding in Plain Sight One of the Museum's African artifacts holds a surprising connection to a new exhibit. January 29, 2015 From the Collections posts A Sleek Seismometer Learn about the tool the United States Geological Society uses to track information about earthquakes. January 21, 2015 From the Collections posts The Coelacanth: Five Fast Facts Here are just a few of the things that make this fish, once assumed to have gone extinct 70 million years ago, so fascinating. January 21, 2015 From the Collections posts Specimen Prep Times Six There’s more than one way to prep a specimen, depending on whether you’re an entomologist, herpetologist, or anthropologist. January 16, 2015 From the Collections posts Preparing a Trilobite To read a trilobite’s bumps, spines, and ridges, paleontologists use ammonium chloride to create contrast. January 16, 2015 From the Collections posts Seven Questions for Herpetologist (and Taxonomist) Darrel Frost Herpetology Curator Darrel Frost answers questions about taxonomy, technology, and the evolution of scientific classification. December 16, 2014 From the Collections posts Seven Questions for Collections Dean Scott Schaefer Dr. Schaefer, who oversees the Museum’s 33-million-strong scientific holdings, talks shop. November 20, 2014 From the Collections posts A Rare Beauty The world’s largest butterfly is now also one of the most endangered, surviving only on a tiny plot of coastal rain forest in the... November 3, 2014 From the Collections posts A Worldly Fabric Vibrant, wax-printed cotton textiles like this sample from the Museum's collection reflect a complex history of cultural, colonial,... October 21, 2014 From the Collections posts Archival Image Treasure Trove Goes Online Some 7,000 archival photographs, rare book illustrations, drawings, notes, letters, and memorabilia that make up a vast visual record... April 21, 2014