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News Release 15-092

NSF awards fifth round of grants to enhance America's biodiversity collections

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collection of uncurated Pleistocene fossils

A collection of uncurated Pleistocene fossils from San Pedro, Calif. Digitization of this collection is part of a new marine invertebrate fossil Thematic Collection Network, funded through ADBC. Digitizing these fossils will improve their accessibility and value to researchers, allowing scientists to study past sea level changes and paleo-climatic conditions.

Credit: Austin Hendy, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County


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rows of paper packets and cardboard boxes in cabinets

Fungal specimens at the Illinois Natural History Survey, at the University of Illinois. They are stored in either paper packets or cardboard boxes in compactorized metal cabinets. These specimens will be digitized and added to iDigBio, as part of the ADBC-funded Microfungi Collections Consortium.

Credit: Paul B. Marcum, Illinois Natural History Survey


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samples of Pleistocene fossils in boxes

An example of a well-curated sample of Pleistocene fossils from Deadman Island, near Los Angeles. This important location was destroyed over 80 years ago, but these fossils continue to be used by researchers to understand paleoenvironmental changes over the last 2 million years.

Credit: Austin Hendy, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County


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Two scientists enter label data from microfungi specimens.

Alex Kuhn (of the University of Illinois) instructs Patty Kaishian (of Syracuse University) on how to enter label data from microfungi specimens. Their work is part of the Microfungi Collections Consortium, funded through the ADBC program.

Credit: Andrew N. Miller, Illinois Natural History Survey, University of Illinois


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