Jan 26, 2016
"A lot, as it turns out. With biodiversity under threat worldwide, scientists say old-school specimen collections — including an impressive hoard of bees at York University — have a crucial role to play in research."
Preserved specimens of a type of nectar-eating bat sit in museum drawers all over the world. But now it looks as though the museums have half as many of one type of bat as they thought they did. Or, looked at another way, they had twice as many kinds of bat.