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Why keep them after they have been studied?

Here is an example of one case in which an important new discovery resulted from study of a specimen that had been collected a long time ago.

Published online 15 November 2007 | Nature | doi:10.1038/news.2007.249

Dinosaur discovered after a century on the shelf

New sauropod genus lay unappreciated in London museum basement for 113 years.



Sauropod bone

Image is Courtesy of University of Portsmouth, U.K.

The find of this spine bone by graduate student Mike Taylor, led to his discovery of an entirely new genus of sauropod dinosaurs.

Sauropods dinosaurs were long-necked plant eaters.


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