New Mammal Species Discovered Amongst Museum of Natural History's Specimen Collection

In the fourth episode of Shelf Life entitled Skull of the Olinguito, the American Museum of Natural History discusses how a new species of mammal was discovered 90 years after it's skull was collected and placed in the museum's collection.

New species are discovered all the time, and sometimes they’re found in the drawers of museum collections, basically hiding in plain sight.

Nancy Simmons, the curator-in-charge of the museum's department of Mammalogy talks about the discovery and the importance of holotypes in this fascinating episode. Learn more about the discovery and about the olinguito in the accompanying article from the American Museum of Natural History.

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