People frequently ask why it is still important for Museums to collect physical specimens. Collections Dean Scott Schaefer answered:

"[Physical specimens] often represent the only tangible snapshot we have of life on Earth. You might say, “You can sample the genome of a specimen. You can take a photograph of a specimen, won’t that be sufficient?" 

Well, the answer is no. It might be adequate. Those might be excellent photographs. That might be one kind of representation, if you talk about a genome sequence, for example. But it isn’t necessarily sufficient to answer all the types of questions that could potentially be asked about that biodiversity at that place and at that time. So today, it’s just as essential to collect and acquire information about the remaining biodiversity of life on earth as it was 145 years ago when the Museum began building collections.”

Read the whole Q&A with Ichthyologist and Collections Dean Scott Shaefer.


Collection’s Highlight: Women’s Bodice 

I love photographing silk, its shows up so well and the rich wealth of color comes out perfectly. Plum, purple, violet, call it what you will, its just lovely!

Women’s Bodice, Date Unknown, Silk, Cotton, L:12.5 in. The Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, New York, Gift of Mrs. H. F. Huntington, N0272.1944. 

Mortal Kombat X Brutalities Trailer Is Full Of Blood And Gore

A new trailer was released by NetherRealm Studios for Mortal Kombat X featuring the game’s highly anticipated Brutalities. The trailer contains one whole minute of people being torn apart, ripped up, shredded, mutilated and on the receiving end of very gory Brutalities.

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Fore-edge is the name for the edge opposite the spine of a book. The museum’s founder, Margaret Strong, and her parents, Alice and John Woodbury, likely acquired the fore-edge paintings, now housed at the Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play, on one of their many trips to England and Europe.