Adventures with a time machine: the fascinating past and challenging future of Natural History Museums

The Museum Review

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Title Adventures with a time machine: the fascinating past and challenging future of Natural History Museums
Creator Simmons, John E.
Subject Museum; museum history; museum studies; museum research
Classification; natural history museum; collection; natural history; Pipa; toad
Description Natural history objects were first collected as curiosities, but from the Scientific Revolution (ca. 1550- 1700) onward they have become increasingly important tools for understanding life on Earth. The role of natural history collections has continuously evolved, from their 18th century importance in cataloging biodiversity, to their use in the 19th century in understanding evolution, and their 20th century contributions to the study of systematics, biogeography, and ecology. In the 21st century, we are still finding new uses for natural history collections in research and as documentation of the evolution of life. As natural history collections increase in number and complexity, their future depends on the development of better and more efficient ways to care for and manage ever-larger collections, more diverse types of preparations, and the enormous quantity of information that gives them their scientific validity. Natural history collections are time machines that enable us to travel backwards and forwards through the history of life on Earth, and are critical for understanding our future in a world that is changing rapidly.
Publisher Rogers Publishing Corporation NFP
Date 2018-06-22
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Peer-reviewed Article
Format application/pdf
Source The Museum Review; Vol 3, No 1 (2018)
Language eng
Rights Copyright (c) 2018 John E. Simmons

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