We close the door of the sound archive and I imagine the potential cacophony of 60,000 wildlife calls and the anomaly of this acoustic record located here alongside the array of wildlife specimens. Concealed in row after row of cabinets, shelves, draws, trays, boxes and jars are 200,000 specimens of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, skins, eggs, bones and teeth and frozen tissue.
In every uniform aisles draws and boxes reveal specimens organized: classified, identified (numbered and named), meticulously measured, labeled and tagged and positioned. The order is deceptively static. Here small (and large) variations are scrutinized and analyzed yielding different sets of relationships. Specimens are repositioned, names and labels over written. Analysis of data and imaging techniques from DNA sequencing to micro-CT scanning, reveal new stories.