Curating Fossil Invertebrates at the AMNH

This summer, I interned in the Invertebrate Paleontology Department at the American Museum of Natural History.  While there, I worked on curating a large, recently donated collection of fossil invertebrates.  The majority of the work involved re-housing, cataloging, and databasing over 1,000 specimens.  It was incredible to be able to work and be amongst such historically and scientifically important collections.  Going in every day and handling specimens that were alive hundreds of millions of years ago never got old!  Each week, we also had the chance to tour the other departments, including mammals, birds, anthropology, entomology, and fishes, which were all so amazing to see.  Aside from my internship, I loved spending the summer in New York City and exploring all the museums the city has to offer.

-- Vanessa Delnavaz, Class of 2019


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