Mystifying Shelf Life
Imagine a place where there are 131 frog-eating bats, 34,140 Cretaceous Molluscs, 40 terabytes of data of stars, planets and galaxies, and to top that 86,881 samples of tissues and DNA. Where we have samples from the field of Paleontology, Anthropology, Vertebrate and Invertebrate Zoology, and Physical Sciences. This is the place where global history resides and preserved. This is the American Museum of Natural History.
The Shelf life collection at AMNH has reached more than 33,430,000 specimen and artifacts. From centuries-old specimens to entirely new types of specialized collections like frozen tissues and genomic data, the Museum’s scientific collections, form an irreplaceable record of life on Earth, the span of geologic time, and knowledge about our vast universe.
These specimens are the symbol of our Earths past life form. They are presently dead specimens of a vivid living past. They explain evolution of species (Darwin) and evolution due to catastrophism (Cuvier).