National Museum of Natural History/Annual Report 2000Annual Report 2000
Feature stories
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Biodiversity

"Biodiversity" 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 ecosystems—and how these factors change over time—are all part of understanding biodiversity and sustaining the health of the planet.

The Museum is deeply involved in studying all aspects of biodiversity, and this research—often involving collaboration with other scientists, organizations and governments—takes many forms.

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L'Anse aux Meadows  

Science redefines the  Vikings

One 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.

The Museum's groundbreaking exhibition—Vikings: The North Atlantic Saga—uses 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.

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African Voices  

The evolving museum

A natural history museum is a living institution—powered by the ideas and dreams of many people—and 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.

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