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Shelf Life Episode 1: 33 Million Things

4 minutes 35 seconds

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The American Museum of Natural History has more than 33 million artifacts and specimens in their scientific collections. This episode provides an overview of the various objects found in the museum. Some are centuries-old specimens, while others are entirely new types of specialized exhibits. However, the entire collection is an irreplaceable record of life on Earth. Part of the "Shelf Life" series.

Media Details

Runtime: 4 minutes 35 seconds

Person holding the fossilized skull of an animal. Caption: but there's still a liveliness and a connection
Shelf Life
Season 1 / Ep 2
4 minutes 35 seconds
Grade Level: 10 - 12
Three turtles, one with a tag around its neck. Caption: The turtles are all here together.
Shelf Life
Season 1 / Ep 2
3 minutes 20 seconds
Grade Level: 10 - 12
Irregular pinkish-brown shapes on a white background. Caption: you can actually really see that very fine cellular detail.
Shelf Life
Season 1 / Ep 3
6 minutes 45 seconds
Grade Level: 10 - 12
Four observatory telescopes pointed towards a starry sky. Caption: We have one record of the universe streaming by us.
Shelf Life
Season 1 / Ep 5
6 minutes 33 seconds
Grade Level: 10 - 12
Illustration of a person standing on the shoreline next to a squid with a body larger than the person is tall. Caption: had just found a giant squid, and would I be interested?
Shelf Life
Season 1 / Ep 8
6 minutes 24 seconds
Grade Level: 10 - 12
Fossilized dinosaur skeleton still partially encased in rock displayed next to a model of the same dinosaur. Caption: Out of those, only a few are really prepared well.
Shelf Life
Season 1 / Ep 10
6 minutes 25 seconds
Grade Level: 10 - 12
Two toads, one light brown, the other darker brown with light spots. Caption: Maybe temperatures got too warm for these toads.
Shelf Life
Season 1 / Ep 12
8 minutes 14 seconds
Grade Level: 10 - 12
Congo expedition of the American Museum of Natural History May 1909 to November 1915. Black and white photos of explorers with crocodile skulls and a map in the background. Caption: Those explorers had collected crocodile specimens
Shelf Life
Season 2 / Ep 16
5 minutes 58 seconds
Grade Level: 10 - 12