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The planned new visitor center will also expand collections space, making it possible for the park to increase its collections and subsequently perform more research and have a larger pool of fossils from which to make exhibits. The current collections space (in addition to other issues) is almost full, which limits the park's ability to make large collections for scientific research.The 6,000 items figure actually includes historical and archaeological artifacts as well as modern plant and insect specimens for comparison and archival materials related to the history and science of the park. The fossils do form the majority of the collection, however.
Thanks for the info, Melissa. From Scott's story and your insight, I'd say a new visitor center is needed, and would be beneficial to your work and to visitors.
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