My favourite specimen in the Grant Museum is the fossil pterosaur which was a type of flying reptile.
It was once thought to be a cast (a copy of a fossil) but was later ‘rediscovered’ as being real. It turns out that it is one of the largest of its species and has an interesting history as to how it got to the Grant Museum.
There is still a lot of research being done on this specimen. A specimen is is an animal or part of an animal preserved for scientific use.
It is my favourite specimen in the museum because it is a great example of research into old, forgotten specimens being able to tell us something new about not only the history of our collections but also information about this extinct species.
Old specimens = new information.