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Reference: Cook, J.A. and J.E. Light. 2019. The emerging role of mammal collections in 21st century mammalogy. Journal of Mammalogy 100: 733-750 (https://academic.oup.com/jmammal/article/100/3/733/5236805)
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If you would like to make additions to this list, please email your articles to Jessica at jlight2@tamu.edu
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Supplementary Data SD1. Representative list of popular press (i.e., online publications) documenting the importance of collections in recent years (with the most recent publication listed at the top). Publication date, site, and author(s) are given, if known. Article titles are linked directly to the publication; independent URLs also are given. If a URL does not work, simply google the title of the article for full access. This list is by no means exhaustive; there certainly many other articles and blogs available stressing the importance of collections. A truncated version of this list, highlighting more significant publications, is shown in Table 2 and an up-to-date list is maintained on the website of J.E. Light (https://www.jessicalight.org/).
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Publication Date
AuthorPublicationTitleURL
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5-Jun-20Elizabeth PennisiScience MagazineShuttered natural history museums fight for survival
https://science.sciencemag.org/content/368/6495/1042?utm_campaign=toc_sci-mag_2020-06-04&et_rid=34832907&et_cid=3352260
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28-May-20Elizabeth PennisiScience Magazine
Shuttered natural history museums fight for survival amid COVID-19 ‘heartbreak’
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/05/shuttered-natural-history-museums-fight-survival-amid-covid-19-heartbreak?utm_campaign=ScienceNow&utm_source=JHubbard&utm_medium=Facebook
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18-May-20Dawn CallejaThe Globe and Mail Canada
Inside a national museum shuttered by COVID-19, scientists scramble to save specimens, living and dead, from neglect
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-inside-a-national-museum-shuttered-by-covid-19-scientists-scramble-to/?utm_medium=Referrer:+Social+Network+/+Media&utm_campaign=Shared+Web+Article+Links
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12-May-20Jessica Leigh HesterAtlas ObscuraThe strange, smelly chores that keep natural history museums runninghttps://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/unusual-essential-workers-natural-history-museums?utm_medium=atlas-page&utm_source=facebook.com&fbclid=IwAR2G26MaeRLxNzf5D6H-29NMeBoG9riO88ANWzzP30Rzvg3xck4Xj1UNGuI
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10-May-20Rafael MarcondesAmerican Ornithological SocietyAn obscure bird and the richness of biological specimens
https://americanornithology.org/an-obscure-bird-and-the-richness-of-biological-specimens/
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16-Jan-20Wendy Bowyer
University of Michigan The University Record
U-M scientists teach biodiversity using Museum of Zoology specimens
https://record.umich.edu/articles/u-m-scientists-teach-biodiversity-using-museum-of-zoology-specimens/
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9-Dec-19Entomological Society of AmericaEntomological Society of AmericaESA Position Statement on the Importance of Entomological Collections
https://www.entsoc.org/sites/default/files/files/Science-Policy/2019/ESA-PolicyStatement-EntomologicalCollections-2019.pdf
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18-Mar-19Robert GroppBioScienceExtending Biodiversity Specimens: A Science Agendahttps://academic.oup.com/bioscience/article/69/3/159/5382640?fbclid=IwAR1uJXBMbjhNumDyxMNcR73AHaRU8_-KdFQcm6rjmcdZWZzID3jq-kdtDjM#.XJD7EVs_rJU.facebook
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11-Feb-19Colin DickeyPacific Standard
America's endangered natural history museums hold the DNA secrets of a vanishing world
https://psmag.com/ideas/the-priceless-secrets-of-americas-disappearing-natural-history-museums?fbclid=IwAR3Fl7lWkdWyfEXXvKRKfp_p4aq6f17glI5m_W8eFoL7KIDoU9Qq5Y_w7Q8
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30-Jan-19Myrna E Watanabe
BioScience (https://academic.oup.com/bioscience/article/69/3/163/5304486)
The Evolution of Natural History Collections: New research tools move specimens, data to center stage.
https://academic.oup.com/bioscience/article/69/3/163/5304486
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7-Jan-19Jeff ShiThe Conversation
3D scans of bat skulls help natural history museums open up dark corners of their collections
http://theconversation.com/3d-scans-of-bat-skulls-help-natural-history-museums-open-up-dark-corners-of-their-collections-107878?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=facebookbutton&fbclid=IwAR1Nl1nvghrzegfjprohOXMfjZiN_v0lHTkdEThanboZkESIsSKtT3jylF8
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28-Dec-18Elizabeth Carlen
Life in the City. Evolution in an Urbanizing World (blog)
Museum collections are essential to our understanding of urban evolutionhttps://urbanevolution-litc.com/2018/12/28/museum-collections-are-essential/
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13-Dec-18Nicole HellerApollo The International Art MagazineNatural history museums have never been more necessaryhttps://www.apollo-magazine.com/natural-history-museums-have-never-been-more-necessary/
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13-Nov-18Nic RawlenceThe ConversationTaxonomy, the science of naming things, is under threathttp://theconversation.com/taxonomy-the-science-of-naming-things-is-under-threat-106691?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=facebookbutton&fbclid=IwAR3b0CMZe9QRdjGd1kvsKwBKrvXugdFG1dN4um41uctTLwneZyzVah7q3L4
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9-Sep-18John McCormackLA TimesThink the museum fire in Brazil can't happen here? Think againhttp://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-mccormack-brazil-museum-fire-funding-20180909-story.html
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14-Apr-18
Noe U De La Sancha
BioScience (https://doi.org/10.1093/biosci/biy031)
New discoveries in natural history museums (book review)https://academic.oup.com/bioscience/advance-article/doi/10.1093/biosci/biy031/4970818
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13-Apr-18Grant BlankenshipNPROld animal specimens may hold the key to new discoverieshttps://www.npr.org/2018/04/13/597740866/old-animal-specimens-may-hold-the-key-to-new-discoveries
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1-Jan-18Robert GroppBioscience (V 68: 3-4)Specimens, collections, and tools for future biodiversity-related researchhttps://academic.oup.com/bioscience/article/68/1/3/4793276
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23-Dec-17GrrlScientistMediumWatch: Shelf Life: 33 Million Thingshttps://medium.com/@GrrlScientist/watch-shelf-life-33-million-things-grrlscientist-aa8b672aecd3
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21-Dec-17Andrew UrevigEnsiaSeeking answers on climate change, scientists venture into the vaults of the pasthttps://ensia.com/features/natural-history-museums-climate-change/
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18-Dec-17Kayla LacourWiredInside the bone lab where specimens prepare for the afterlifehttps://www.wired.com/story/inside-the-bone-lab-where-specimens-prepare-for-the-afterlife/
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12-Dec-17Amber DanceNature.comHow museum work can combine research and public engagementhttps://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-017-08458-0
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30-Nov-17Alvin PowellHarvard NewsA passion for nature, in beetleshttps://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2017/11/a-passion-for-nature-in-a-massive-beetle-collection/
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27-Nov-17Jeff AtkinsPloS Ecology Community BlogsMuseums are strong partners in biodiversity educationhttp://blogs.plos.org/ecology/2017/11/27/museums-are-strong-partners-in-biodiversity-education/
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8-Nov-17Ed YongThe AtlanticWashington, D.C., is home to America's largest collection of parasiteshttps://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/11/washington-dc-is-home-to-americas-largest-collection-of-parasites/545234/
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24-Oct-17Michelle Z. DonahueSmithsonian InsiderDNA on 100-year-old bat from France may help fight deadly fungus in North Americahttp://insider.si.edu/2017/10/dna-100-year-old-bat-france-may-help-fight-deadly-fungus-north-america/
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18-Oct-17Christopher KempNew ScientistMuseum safari: the myriad unknown species lost in dusty drawershttps://www.newscientist.com/article/mg23631480-300-museum-safari-the-myriad-unknown-species-lost-in-dusty-drawers/
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10-Oct-17Johanna KleinNew York TimesThe dirty secrets saved in dead birds' feathershttps://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/10/science/birds-air-pollution.html
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14-Sep-17Irina ZhorovWhyy.orgWhen natural history colletions bow to other prioritieshttps://whyy.org/segments/when-natural-history-collection-bow-to-other-priorities/
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14-Sep-17Kelsey MackeyUSFW Northeast RegionBat to the Futurehttps://usfwsnortheast.wordpress.com/2017/09/12/bat-to-the-future/amp/
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5-Sep-17Phys.orgStudies call for expansion and digitization of Arctic museum collectionshttps://phys.org/news/2017-09-expansion-digitization-arctic-museum.html
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Sep-17
Stefanie M. Ickert-Bond
NRC Research PressArctic museum collections: document and understanding changes in biological and cultural diversity through space and timehttp://www.nrcresearchpress.com/doi/10.1139/as-2017-0038#.WdJQpdOGOV4
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29-Sep-17Jacob BroganSmithsonian.comThese ancient whale baleen artifcts can now tell new storieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/these-ancient-artifacts-crafted-whale-baleen-can-now-tell-new-stories-180965066/?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=socialmedia
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22-Sep-17Daniel GrossmanThe GuardianLong-lost Congo notebooks may shed light on how trees react to climate changehttps://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/sep/22/long-lost-congo-notebooks-shed-light-how-trees-react-to-climate-change?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other
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31-Aug-17YouTube (AMNH)Sir David Attenborough on Museum Collections - 360https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ltsM-LoBGQ&feature=youtu.be
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11-Aug-17GrrlScientistMediumCentury-old museum specimens reveal when deadly bird disease came to Galápagos Islandshttps://medium.com/@GrrlScientist/century-old-museum-specimens-reveal-when-deadly-bird-disease-came-to-gal%C3%A1pagos-islands-42c2729863c9
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11-Aug-17
Wendy Mitman Clarke
Smithsonianmag.orgScientists are using this collection of wood samples to combat illegal logginghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/scientists-are-using-collection-wood-samples-combat-illegal-logging-180964305/
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10-Aug-17Steven LubarSmithsonian.comA scholar follows a trail of dead mice and discovers a lesson in why museum collections matterhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/trail-dead-mice-scholar-discovers-lesson-why-museum-collections-matter-180964365/
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19-Jul-17
Natalie van Hoose, Mary-Lou Watkinson
Florida MuseumMuseum digitization program iDigBio rockets past 100 million specimen recordshttps://www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/science/museum-digitization-program-idigbio-rockets-past-100-million-specimen-records/
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13-Jul-17Marlia WollanNew York TimesArks of the apocalypsehttps://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/13/magazine/seed-vault-extinction-banks-arks-of-the-apocalypse.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&smid=tw-nytimesscience&smtyp=cur
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2-Jul-17Nell GreenfieldboyceNPR Weekend Edition SundayOne of a Kind' collection of animal eyeballs aids research on vision problemshttp://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/07/02/534950252/one-of-a-kind-collection-of-animal-eyeballs-aids-research-on-vision-problems
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16-May-17Sarah LaskowAtlas ObscuraIt's hard to be a natural history museum in the 21st centuryhttp://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/natural-history-museums-closing-survival-modernizing
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11-Apr-17Allison MeierHyperallergic.comWhy a herbarium of 7.8 million plants is one of New York's most valuable resourceshttps://hyperallergic.com/366584/why-a-7-8-million-plant-herbarium-is-one-of-new-yorks-most-valuable-resources/
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7-Apr-17Nature.comNatural-history collections face fight for survivalhttps://www.nature.com/news/natural-history-collections-face-fight-for-survival-1.21805
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29-Mar-17Sarah KaplanWashington PostA university is eliminating its science collection - to expand a running trackhttps://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2017/03/29/a-university-is-eliminating-its-science-collection-to-expand-a-running-track/?utm_term=.962f5767024f
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30-Mar-17Colleen FlahertyInside Higher EdScience collections vs. track and fieldhttps://www.insidehighered.com/news/2017/03/30/louisiana-monroe-getting-rid-two-major-natural-history-collections-make-way-sports
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28-Mar-17Rhett JonesGizmodoUniversity threatens destruction of millions of specimens if museum of natural history collection not relocatedhttps://gizmodo.com/university-threatens-destruction-of-millions-of-specime-1793745389
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30-Mar-17Chevel JohnsonUS News/AP PressFish, plant research collections out at Louisiana-Monroehttps://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/louisiana/articles/2017-03-30/fish-plant-research-collections-out-at-louisiana-monroe
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1-Feb-17Rebecca HersherNPR the two-wayWorld's most destructive stone marten goes on display in the Netherlandshttp://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/02/01/512854650/worlds-most-destructive-stone-marten-goes-on-display-in-the-netherlands
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26-Oct-16
Univ. of Alaska Museum Dept. of Ornithology webpage
The growing power of the ranks of the deadhttp://www.universityofalaskamuseumbirds.org/the-growing-power-of-the-ranks-of-the-dead/
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24-Aug-16Sara RathodMother JonesThe secret life of museumshttp://www.motherjones.com/environment/2016/08/science-museums-collections-funding/
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Jul-17Bob AndersonYouTube (Personal Video)Bon Anderson Entomology Importance of Collectionshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-rOViX3buo&feature=share
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24-Jun-16Jackson LandersSmithsonian.comMuseum director calls for increased funding for scientific collectins to save liveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/natural-history-museum-director-calls-increased-funding-collections-save-lives-180959510/#W1lWbv5GaCq0Qfzf.01
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2-Jun-16Jim EricksonMichigan NewsMore than 13M U-M museum specimens moving to state-of-the-art facilityhttp://ns.umich.edu/new/releases/23957-more-than-13m-u-m-museum-specimens-moving-to-state-of-the-art-facility
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17-May-16Jonathan FoleybioGraphicRemember stories of naturehttp://www.biographic.com/posts/sto/remembering-the-stories-of-nature
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1-Apr-16Richard ConniffThe New York TimesOur natural history, endangeredhttps://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/03/opinion/ournatural-history-endangered.html
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25-Apr-16Charles D. BruntAlbuquerque JournalBiology collection at riskhttps://www.abqjournal.com/762853/collection-at-risk.html
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26-Apr-16Vidhi DoshiThe GuardianFire guts Delhi's natural history musemhttps://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/apr/26/massive-fire-guts-delhis-natural-history-museum?CMP=share_btn_tw
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31-Mar-16Paige PflegerWhyy.orgNatural history museums: a frontier for discovery, in dangerhttps://whyy.org/segments/natural-history-museums-a-frontier-for-discovery-in-danger/
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25-Mar-16Ed YongThe AtlanticFunding Freeze Hits Natural History Museum Collectionshttps://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2016/03/funding-freeze-hits-natural-history-museum-collections/474981/
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21-Mar-16Anna NowogrodzkiNature.comBiological specimen troves threatened by funding pausehttp://www.nature.com/news/biological-specimen-troves-threatened-by-funding-pause-1.19599?WT.mc_id=TWT_NatureNews
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18-Mar-16Chris MBlog (Echinoblog)Taxonomy Day 2016! Museum collection are the taxonomist habitat!http://echinoblog.blogspot.ca/2016/03/taxonomy-day-2016-museum-collections.html
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8-Feb-16Ed YongThe AtlanticNatural history museums are teeming with undiscovered specieshttps://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2016/02/the-unexplored-marvels-locked-away-in-our-natural-history-museums/459306/
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29-Feb-16
Luciana Musetti and Norman Johnson
Blog (Ohio State University Bio Museum)On the accessibility of collectionshttp://u.osu.edu/biomuseum/2016/02/29/on-the-accessibility-of-collections/
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25-Jan-16Kate Allenthestar.comWhat can you do with 300,000 dead bees?http://startouch.thestar.com/screens/b37bd9b1-8865-451e-8f34-b463e000c101%7CmcjNdQZMweFB.html
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11-Jan-16Entsoc.orgESA position statement on the importance of entomological collectionshttp://www.entsoc.org/PDF/2016/ESA-PolicyStatement-EntomologicalCollections.pdf
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17-Dec-15Alison BalanceRadionz.co.nz (RNZ)The importance of taxonomy and biological collectionshttp://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ourchangingworld/audio/201782551/the-importance-of-taxonomy-and-biological-collections
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22-Oct-15Joshua DrewBlog (laboratory of Dr. Joshua Drew)Digitization and Diversity in Museum Collectionshttps://labroides.org/digitization-and-diversity-in-museum-collections/
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7-Oct-15
Christopher E. Filardi
AudubonWhy I collected a moustached kingfisherhttps://www.audubon.org/news/why-i-collected-moustached-kingfisher
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15-Oct-15Luiz RochaHuffington PostScientific collections: threats to species survival or an easy scapegoat?http://www.huffingtonpost.com/luiz-a-rocha/scientific-collections-th_b_8286010.html
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30-Oct-15Susan MatthewsAudubon800 comments and counting: the reasoning behind out kingfisher postshttp://www.audubon.org/news/800-comments-and-counting-reasoning-behind-our-kingfisher-posts
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30-Oct-15Hayley CampbellFlipboardScientists discover new species of bat that's actually been in their collection since 1983https://flipboard.com/@flipboard/flip.it%2FFBu2x-scientists-discover-new-species-of-bat-/f-c64f1c59aa%2Fbuzzfeed.com
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10-Sep-15Kaitlin JaneckeSPNHC (Cracking the Collections)Behind the screens: museums, social media, and creating educational entertainmenthttps://crackingthecollections.wordpress.com/2015/09/10/behind-the-screens-museums-social-media-and-creating-educational-entertainment/
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29-Sep-15Marc BekoffHuffington Post"Ridiculously gorgeous rare bird" photographed, caught, and … killed by researcherhttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/marc-bekoff/ridiculously-gorgeous-rar_b_8201720.html
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7-Jul-15Leilani WalkerBlog (Leilani Walker)Natural history museums; use 'em or lose 'emhttps://leilaniwalker.wordpress.com/2015/07/07/natural-history-museums-use-em-or-lose-em/
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11-Jun-15Andrew D WarrenThe ConservationWhy we still collect butterflieshttp://theconversation.com/why-we-still-collect-butterflies-41485
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25-May-15Claudia LauerPhys.orgFew students study botany, more plant collections closinghttps://phys.org/news/2015-05-students-botany.html
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9-Mar-15Rachel Jennings
NatSca (Natural Sciences Collections Association)
Unidentified, not unloved: on new species and stewardshiphttps://natsca.blog/2015/03/09/unidentified-not-unloved-on-new-species-and-stewardship/
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3-Mar-15Danna StaafKQED ScienceNew vivid seadragon found hiding in a museumhttps://ww2.kqed.org/science/2015/03/03/vivid-new-seadragon-found-hiding-in-a-museum/
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27-Feb-15
Nathan K. Lujan and Larry M. Page
The New York TimesLibraries of lifehttps://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/27/opinion/libraries-of-life.html
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6-Jan-15Morgan JacksonBlog (Biodiversity in Focus)Collections under fire-Royal British Columbia Museumhttp://www.biodiversityinfocus.com/blog/2015/01/06/collections-under-fire-royal-british-columbia-museum/
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20-Nov-14AMNHBlog (AMNH News & Blogs)Seven questions for collections Dean Scott Schaeferhttps://www.amnh.org/explore/news-blogs/from-the-collections-posts/seven-questions-for-collections-dean-scott-schaefer
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22-Nov-14GrrlScientistThe GuardianShelf life: 33 million thingshttps://www.theguardian.com/science/grrlscientist/2014/nov/22/shelf-life-33-million-things
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14-Nov-14Erin McCarthyMental FlossGo behind the scenes at AMNH in the new series Shelf Lifehttp://mentalfloss.com/article/60072/go-behind-scenes-amnh-new-series-shelf-life
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17-Nov-14Paul RogersThe Mercury NewsMassive starfish die-off in Pacific Ocean linked to mystery virushttp://www.mercurynews.com/2014/11/17/massive-starfish-die-off-in-pacific-ocean-linked-to-mystery-virus/
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8-Oct-14Piotr NaskreckiBlog (The Smaller Majority)Involuntary bioslaughter and why a spider is deadhttps://thesmallermajority.com/2014/10/08/the-sound-of-little-hooves-in-the-night/
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29-Sep-14Barbara M. TheirsHuffington PostBiological collections are vital to preserving species in the face of climate changehttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/barbara-m-thiers/biological-collections-ar_b_5900590.html?utm_hp_ref=tw
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17-Sep-14SciColl InternationalSciColl InternationalTracing the history of diseasehttp://blog.scicoll.org/2014/09/tracing-history-of-disease.html?m=1
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5-Sep-14Jody RosenNew York TimesAnimal traffichttps://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/05/t-magazine/animal-trafficking-black-market.html
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4-Aug-14Michelle WarwickerBBC NatureBolivian golden bat revealed as 'new species'http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/28583377
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9-Jul-14Vincent Covatto
Blog (Houston Museum of Natural Science Beyond Bones)
We'd like to introduce you to the four new species of African house batshttp://blog.hmns.org/2014/07/wed-like-to-introduce-you-to-the-four-new-species-of-african-house-bats/
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20-Jul-14ChrisBlog (Prerogative of Harlots)The collected-centered museumhttp://paleocoll.blogspot.com/2014/07/the-collection-centered-museum.html
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Prosanta Chakrabarty
Blog (LSU Ichthyology)Make the link between specimens and genetic products as transparent as possible. #collectingisessentialhttp://lsuichthyology.blogspot.com/2014/07/make-link-between-specimens-and-genetic.html
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