Museum Techniques in Preservation

Raju, Aju K and Sreekumar, K M (2022) Museum Techniques in Preservation. In: ICAR-CMFRI -Winter School on Recent Development in Taxonomic Techniques of Marine Fishes for Conservation and Sustainable Fisheries Management. ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, Kochi, pp. 99-103.

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    Abstract

    When we search in the past about the preservation of natural history, it is nature that stands as the first museum as well as the curator. Nature did the first-ever clearing of massive fleshy creatures; stored specimens on various racks of the planet’s crust, in rocky and icy jars; used inventive preservatives like amber that kept the specimens untainted for millions of years. Later, when people began digging for natural history at the dawn of modern science all the valuable collections that nature preserved over the vast geological time scale became the major tools for taxonomy and systematic studies as well as, recently, for species conservation measures. Modern science followed that path of nature to preserve specimens of organisms in a more sophisticated manner for the future. Thus numerous natural history museums were established over the last few centuries that now accommodate millions of specimens collected from across the planet. The three major steps of museum techniques can be broadly named as collection, fixation and preservation. All these steps are equally important in which sloppiness in any of them will result in the loss of valuable collections. For those people who are involved in museum practices, it is important to understand the historical, scientific, cultural, aesthetic and conservational values of the specimens they handle and curate.

    Item Type: Book Section
    Subjects: Marine Biodiversity
    Fish and Fisheries > Fish Taxonomy
    Divisions: CMFRI-Kochi > Biodiversity
    Subject Area > CMFRI > CMFRI-Kochi > Biodiversity
    CMFRI-Kochi > Biodiversity
    Subject Area > CMFRI-Kochi > Biodiversity
    Depositing User: Arun Surendran
    Date Deposited: 29 Jan 2022 05:13
    Last Modified: 11 Feb 2022 05:02
    URI: http://eprints.cmfri.org.in/id/eprint/15708

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