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So what good are a bunch of old bird eggs!? Well, the fact that DDT was banned from large scale agricultural use in 1972 can be traced directly back to museum collections of bird eggs from the pre-DDT era! DDT was causing egg shell thinning of raptors such as the bald eagle and peregrine falcon, and thus lower reproductive rates of these magnificent birds. By measuring egg shell thickness of pre- and post-DDT era bird eggs it could be documented that DDT was contributing to the decline of these birds. Sometimes we never know what new and innovative research will use the existing collections stored in the nation’s natural history museums.

Posted January 16, 2014

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