Derek Briggs, director of the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, describes some of the exciting research and expedition trips being led by the museum's curators and collections managers.
Launched in 2009, SYNTHESYS is a joint project to increase access to 337,204,000 Natural History specimen in 20 Natural History museums across Europe both physically and virtually through online Collections Databases.
As well as enhancing access to and research use of this material, a Joint Research Activity will enable researchers to extract important DNA samples from archival material.
Paleontology Collections Manager Carl Mehling gives us a behind-the-scenes tour of the Big Bone Room, which houses some of the largest items in the Paleontology collection.
With over 32 million individual items, the American Museum of Natural History, NY is one of the world's pre-eminent collections of Natural History.
Whether Museum scientists are studying parasites, people, or planets in other solarsystems, cutting-edge imaging technologies such as infrared photography, scanning electron microscopes, and CT scanners now make it possible to examine details that were previously unobservable.
Fossil preparators are highly skilled technicians who restore the naturally fractured bones and teeth of fossil to the original state, somewhat like art conservators restore damaged paintings and sculptures.