by Ari Shapiro and Audie Cornish
By the time a flower or insect makes it to a natural history museum, you’d think we’d know the basics – the very basics.
ARI SHAPIRO, HOST:
You’d think. But according to a team at the University of Oxford and the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh, up to half the specimens in all natural history museums are mislabeled, or at least labeled incompletely. Zoe Goodwin says scientists have a long history of leaving some room for interpretation. She’s the lead author of the study.
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