Established in 1922, the natural history collections are more than an archive of dusty specimens. Modern methods of analysis, especially genetics, are used. In well documented collections it is now possible to obtain information in unexpected abundance. In such collections the biological researcher finds answers about origin, phylogeny, ontogeny, and relationships or other characteristics of species. Collections can document former distribution limits, first records of spreading and many other subjects.
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