The Leibniz Institute for the Analysis of Biodiversity Change
is a research museum of the Leibniz Association
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The aim of this project is to use modern non-destructive techniques in order to asses important museum material. Traditionally, the preparation of the genitalia or other parts of the inner anatomy would require the preparation and thus the partial destruction of the sample which is often not possible with important type material. We avoid this by using approaches like µ-computed tomography to visualize the inner parts of these specimens in a non-invasive way. The major focus is thereby on old type material, that has to be preserved and on amber fossils which are firmly embedded in their resin.