For Some Scientists, The Call To Get Rid Of Natural History Collections Can Be Personal05:28

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Natural history collections serve as a time capsule of sorts, preserving life on Earth. And these collections — birds, bones, stones — always carry the fingerprints of those who collected the specimens. Their passions, interests and hard work become part of what's stored in flash display cases or dusty drawers.

So when a collection's future is threatened, it gets personal.

Irina Zhorov (@zhorovir) of WHYY's The Pulse looks at one story of what happens when collections bow to other priorities.

This segment aired on November 13, 2017.


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