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Artefacts, biology and bias in museum collection research

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Show simple item record Wehi, Priscilla M. Whaanga, Hēmi Trewick, Steve A. 2012-07-16T23:04:48Z 2012-07-16T23:04:48Z 2012-07-10 2012-07
dc.identifier.citation Wehi, P.M., Whaanga, H. & Trewick, S.A. (2012). Artefacts, biology and bias in museum collection research. Molecular Ecology, 21(13), 3103-3109. en_NZ
dc.description.abstract Museum collections are increasingly subjected to scientific scrutiny, including molecular, isotopic and trace-element analyses. Recent advances have extended analyses from natural history specimens to historical artefacts. We highlight three areas of concern that can influence interpretation of data derived from museum collections: sampling issues associated with museum collection use, methods of analysis, and the value of cross-referencing data with historical documents and data sets. We use a case study that focuses on kiwi (Apteryx spp.) feather samples from valuable 19th century Māori cloaks in New Zealand to show how sampling and analysis challenges need to be minimized by careful design. We argue that aligning historical records with scientific data generated from museum collections significantly improves data interpretation. en_NZ
dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher Blackwell Publishing Ltd en_NZ
dc.relation.ispartof Molecular Ecology
dc.relation.uri en_NZ
dc.subject experimenta design en_NZ
dc.subject haplotype frequency en_NZ
dc.subject kahukiwi en_NZ
dc.subject kiwi en_NZ
dc.subject Maori en_NZ
dc.subject sampling error en_NZ
dc.subject stable isotope en_NZ
dc.subject weaving en_NZ
dc.title Artefacts, biology and bias in museum collection research en_NZ
dc.type Journal Article en_NZ
dc.identifier.doi 10.1111/j.1365-294X.2012.05589.x en_NZ
pubs.elements-id 37746

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