Shelf Life Episode 3 – Six Ways To Prepare a Coelacanth
Collections can yield answers and inspire questions for hundreds of years, provided specimens are prepared correctly. Ichthyology Curator Melanie L. J. Stiassny tells the story of the Museum’s coelacanth and offers a primer on specimen prep.
For more about this iconic prehistoric fish, and the longstanding mystery that was put to rest when the Museum’s specimen was dissected, head over to the episode website: http://www.amnh.org/shelf-life/shelf-…
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. Over the next year, Shelf Life will explore topics like specimen preparation, learn why variety is vital, and meet some of the people who work in the Museum collections. Videos roll out monthly, and Episode 4 will premiere on February 17, 2015.