Science Daily: Scientists quantify the vast and valuable finds stored on museum shelves

Science Daily: Scientists quantify the vast and valuable finds stored on museum shelves . “Days after a fire tore through Brazil’s National Museum and destroyed specimens of irreplaceable heritage, a team of scientists has quantified the vast number of fossils that sit unstudied in natural history collections. Based on their findings, the team estimates only 3 to 4 percent of recorded fossil locations from across the globe are currently accounted for in published scientific literature. This means any shelved specimens that have never been published or documented digitally remain vulnerable to loss. Researchers from the California Academy of Sciences, University of California Museum of Paleontology (UCMP), and partner institutions are working to preserve these ‘dark data’ in online databases, highlighting the need for underfunded museums around the world to invest in the digital preservation of their collections.”