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Dr. Ronald Nussbaum's Biology 120 Class visited the Herpetology Collections

Biology 120 class

Students learned how new species can be "discovered" in Museum collection's, described in publication, and how Type Specimens are vouchered in the collection.
In many ways, the Museum collection is analogous to a library collection. The Collections Manager demonstrates the use of a locator key to find a particular species in the collection.
Students had the opportunity to see a rare Tuatara, the single surviving member of the ancient order of reptiles, Rhynchocephalia, now endemic to New Zealand.




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