Museums' collections are a priceless resource for scientists, but they're not easy to access. Digitizing specimens – like the 700 bat skulls the author studied – is a way to let everyone in.
A tiny percentage of museums’ natural history holdings are on display. Very little of these vast archives is digitized and available online. But museums are working to change that.
Museums are not apolitical, and they are not entirely scientific. As such, they don’t really represent reality.
Dogs, rats, cats, cows, chickens and mice have also changed the world.
The Natural History Museum's 'Dippy' the diplodocus skeleton is about to be become a giant 3D jigsaw.