Video – @AMNH Shelf Life Episode 6 – The Tiniest Fossils #science

Learn more about the Shelf Life video exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History website! See the previous Shelf Life videos here!

Shelf Life Episode 6 – The Tiniest Fossils

You could easily mistake foraminifera fossils for flecks of dust, but these tiny specimens hold big insights about Earth’s climate. Scientific Assistant Bushra Hussaini, researcher Ellen Thomas, Curator Neil Landman, and intern Shaun Mahmood are preserving this invaluable collection.

Skull of the Olinguito – Shelf Life Episode 4! @AMNH

Shelf Life Episode 4 – Skull of the Olinguito

Ninety years after it was first collected, Mammal #66753 from was finally recognized as a new species. Researcher Miguel Pinto tells the story of how a Museum specimen helped lead to the discovery of the olinguito, and Curator Nancy Simmons discusses the importance of holotypes.

For more about how new species are discovered in collections—and in the field—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 5 will premiere on March 17, 2015.

Episode 3 -Shelf Life- Six Ways To Prepare a Coelacanth!! @AMNH!!

See this earlier CauseScience post for more information on this awesome video exhibit! Second episode here.

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.

Episode 2 -Shelf Life- 33 million artifacts and specimens at the @AMNH!!

See this earlier CauseScience post for more information on this awesome video exhibit!

Shelf Life Episode 2 – Turtles and Taxonomy

Individual specimens may hold great beauty in the eye of the uninitiated observer, but for scientists, the real wonder lies in the connections that inspire research questions. Herpetology Curator Darrel Frost talks taxonomy—the science of classification.

For even more taxonomy and a brief (yet discerning) history of Western classification, head over to the episode website for some beautiful volumes from the Museum’s Rare Book Collection:
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 3 will premiere on January 15, 2015.

New video series -Shelf Life- exhibits 33 million artifacts and specimens at the @AMNH!!

The American Museum of Natural History has a new video exhibit series showcasing 33,430,000 artifacts and specimens. Here is the first episode! More info the AMNH website here.

Shelf Life Episode 1 – 33 Million Things

From centuries-old specimens to entirely new types of specialized collections like frozen tissues and genomic data, the Museum’s scientific collections (with more than 33,000,000 specimens and artifacts) form an irreplaceable record of life on Earth, the span of geologic time, and knowledge about our vast universe.

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. The first episode premieres November 13, 2014, and videos roll out monthly.

For more, visit http://www.amnh.org/ShelfLife