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Resources - the specimens

The Museum has three core resources for carrying out its work: the specimens, the libraries and the expert researchers. The specimens are used in a range of different ways..

Resources: libraries

Books and journals

Resources: experts

Taxonomy requires a great deal of expertise. Our work could not continue without the resource of experts on our staff.

Entomology Department

With over 60 million life science specimens and 300 years of natural science study at the Museum, you need to be an expert to get the best out of our collections.

It can take many years for a junior curator to fully know a collection and its specimens. This makes our staff of researchers and curators extremely valuable.

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It takes expert knowledge to tell species apart. How do our curators use the collection for identification?