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1. Harmon, Alaina. Articulating Loss: Quantifying Skeletal Incompleteness in Natural History Collections.

Degree: 2018, University of Washington

The purpose of this instrumental case study was to characterize the degree to which element loss has occurred in natural history museum skeletal collections, which elements were lost, and what types of loss occurred. Through a combination of element-by-element inventory of the non-human primate specimens within the University of Washington’s physical anthropology collection and document analysis of departmental and Washington National Primate Research Center records, data was collected for quantitative analysis. No statistically significant correlation was found between loss and specimen body size, relative element size, or specimen rarity. There was some indication that loss occurred either at a low level in collections or during specimen preparation, that loss might be related to element use, and that loans of undefined length duration impact skeletal completeness. Collection loss might result in faulty anatomical inference or “shifting backbone syndrome,” a consequence introduced in this study. The primary limitation of this study arose from the study design—the results of a case study are not generalizable beyond the case. However, case study design removed potential bias that might have been introduced by sampling within collections, and the results, in conjunction with existing studies of loss, further refined suggestions for future areas of research. Advisors/Committee Members: O'Donnell, Wilson (advisor).

Subjects/Keywords: Collection Management; Museum Studies; Natural History; Risk Management; Museum studies; Biology; Physical anthropology; Museology

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APA (6th Edition):

Harmon, A. (2018). Articulating Loss: Quantifying Skeletal Incompleteness in Natural History Collections. (Thesis). University of Washington. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1773/42012

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Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Harmon, Alaina. “Articulating Loss: Quantifying Skeletal Incompleteness in Natural History Collections.” 2018. Thesis, University of Washington. Accessed December 10, 2018. http://hdl.handle.net/1773/42012.

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MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Harmon, Alaina. “Articulating Loss: Quantifying Skeletal Incompleteness in Natural History Collections.” 2018. Web. 10 Dec 2018.

Vancouver:

Harmon A. Articulating Loss: Quantifying Skeletal Incompleteness in Natural History Collections. [Internet] [Thesis]. University of Washington; 2018. [cited 2018 Dec 10]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/1773/42012.

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Council of Science Editors:

Harmon A. Articulating Loss: Quantifying Skeletal Incompleteness in Natural History Collections. [Thesis]. University of Washington; 2018. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/1773/42012

Note: this citation may be lacking information needed for this citation format:
Not specified: Masters Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation

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