[Taxacom] Biodiversity salvage

Bob Mesibov mesibov at southcom.com.au
Thu Apr 1 01:05:39 CDT 2010

My blog


has had its first updates in almost 3 years. I'm now interested in tracing a particular line of thought regarding the value of collections. It's expressed in Douglas Preston's 1986 book 'Dinosaurs in the Attic' (a history of the AMNH in New York) this way (p. 24):

'[Collections] would be a resource for scientists centuries into the future, long after such things no longer existed in the wild.'

Preston is writing about the mid- to late 19th century. Has anyone read a contemporary (mid- to late 19th century) piece which saw collections as a place for specimens of species that were then disappearing, or would be disappearing as humanity expanded?
Dr Robert Mesibov
Honorary Research Associate
Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, and
School of Zoology, University of Tasmania
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