Teaching overview

Learning points

  • A new digital library has been created with more than 18,000 3-D models of vertebrates.
  • The 3-D models show detailed information of animal specimens from natural history museum collections.
  • These models are helping scientists research animals in new ways while preserving fragile specimens.

Curriculum keywords

  • Natural History Museum
  • 3-D animal models
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This Week's Kahoot Quiz

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Spark a discussion

  • What do the 3-D models of animal specimens show?
  • Where did the animal specimens come from?
  • What technique did scientists use to make the 3-D models?
  • What sort of discoveries can scientists make by looking at 3-D models?
  • How are the 3-D models helping preserve museum collections?
  • What would you like to investigate using these digital models?

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