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That, she said, is important to know since conservation efforts often are focused on small geographic areas and efforts may be misguided.

The specimens in Rasmussen's database are in museum collections, including the MSU Museum, where she is assistant curator of mammalogy and ornithology. The collections underscore, she said, the richness of scientific data found behind the public exhibits at museums.

"A lot of people think of museums as places you go on a Sunday afternoon with your kids and look at stuffed specimens," she said. "Most people never see the actual research collections in natural history museums and those collections are the heart of natural history museums. Some of the bigger museums have upwards of a million specimens and these are an incredibly valuable resource for scientists of all kinds, particularly those doing projects like this."


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Contact: Pamela Rasmussen
rasmus39@msu.edu
517-432-0872
Michigan State University
1-Nov-2006


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