is shorthand for the variety of all living things on Earth, but
the concept is even more broad and all-encompassing. Genetic variation
within species, interrelationships between species and their geographic
dispersion, links between local and global ecosystemsand
how these factors change over timeare all part of understanding
biodiversity and sustaining the health of the planet.
Museum is deeply involved in studying all aspects of biodiversity,
and this researchoften involving collaboration with other
scientists, organizations and governmentstakes many forms.
thousand years ago, Viking warriors were infamous for their plunder
of villages and monasteries in the British Isles and Europe. Yet
this is a small piece of their story. They were also master craftsmen,
shrewd businessmen and fearless explorers. Their activities stimulated
political changes in Europe and Russia, created a lasting society
in Iceland and a shorter-lived one in Greenland, and led to the
discovery of North America 500 years before Columbus.
Museum's groundbreaking exhibitionVikings: The North
Atlantic Sagauses the research of an international
group of scientists, along with more than 300 artifacts, to present
the rich history and culture or the medieval Norse people and
their remarkable expansion across the North Atlantic.
natural history museum is a living institutionpowered by
the ideas and dreams of many peopleand presents ever-changing
perceptions of our physical world. The National Museum of Natural
History is constantly evolving in its physical spaces, exhibitions,
collections and scientific research.