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Natural history collections: A scientific treasure trove

Fact Sheet 2006-3079

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Abstract

Natural history collections play an indispensable and often overlooked role in the conservation and management of our Nation’s flora and fauna. Scientific specimens housed in museum collections not only open an important window into the current and past diversity of life on Earth, but also play a vital role in fueling cutting-edge scientific research in many disciplines. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Fort Collins Science Center (FORT) curates a collection of vertebrates from the Intermountain and Southwestern United States that is used by researchers from around the globe. As one of the largest Federal natural history collections in the western United States, the USGS specimen holdings offer unique opportunities to study the fauna of this incredibly diverse and unique region.

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Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Natural history collections: A scientific treasure trove
Series title:
Fact Sheet
Series number:
2006-3079
Year Published:
2006
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location:
Reston, VA
Contributing office(s):
Fort Collins Science Center
Description:
2 p.
Online Only (Y/N):
N
Additional Online Files (Y/N):
N