Past preserved for future

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A historic alcohol preparation of a coral fish from the James-Cook expedition from around 1780 is displayed at the Naturhistorisches Museum Wien (Museum of Natural History) in central Vienna. The museum, which first opened in 1889, consists of 39 exhibition halls with thousands of objects on display. Reuters Photo/Herwig Prammer

A historic alcohol preparation of a coral fish from the James-Cook expedition from around 1780 is displayed at the Naturhistorisches Museum Wien (Museum of Natural History) in central Vienna. The museum, which first opened in 1889, consists of 39 exhibition halls with thousands of objects on display. Reuters Photo/Herwig Prammer

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A mounted sheep is prepared at a laboratory of the Naturhistorisches Museum Wien (Museum of Natural History) in central Vienna. Reuters Photo/Herwig Prammer

A mounted sheep is prepared at a laboratory of the Naturhistorisches Museum Wien (Museum of Natural History) in central Vienna. Reuters Photo/Herwig Prammer

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Historic mounted rhinos are displayed in an exhibition hall of the Naturhistorisches Museum Wien (Museum of Natural History) in central Vienna. Reuters Photo/Herwig Prammer

Historic mounted rhinos are displayed in an exhibition hall of the Naturhistorisches Museum Wien (Museum of Natural History) in central Vienna. Reuters Photo/Herwig Prammer

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Preserved snakes are stored in a laboratory of the Naturhistorisches Museum Wien (Museum of Natural History) in central Vienna. Reuters Photo/Herwig Prammer

Preserved snakes are stored in a laboratory of the Naturhistorisches Museum Wien (Museum of Natural History) in central Vienna. Reuters Photo/Herwig Prammer

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Mounted animals are stored in the attic of the Naturhistorisches Museum Wien (Museum of Natural History) in central Vienna. Reuters Photo/Herwig Prammer

Mounted animals are stored in the attic of the Naturhistorisches Museum Wien (Museum of Natural History) in central Vienna. Reuters Photo/Herwig Prammer

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A taxidermist walks through the laboratory of the Naturhistorisches Museum Wien (Museum of Natural History) in central Vienna. Reuters Photo/Herwig Prammer

A taxidermist walks through the laboratory of the Naturhistorisches Museum Wien (Museum of Natural History) in central Vienna. Reuters Photo/Herwig Prammer

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A scientist puts together a human skeleton at the Naturhistorisches Museum Wien (Museum of Natural History) in central Vienna. Reuters Photo/Herwig Prammer

A scientist puts together a human skeleton at the Naturhistorisches Museum Wien (Museum of Natural History) in central Vienna. Reuters Photo/Herwig Prammer

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A staff member of the Naturhistorisches Museum Wien (Museum of Natural History) opens a showcase at the anthropologic department in central Vienna. Reuters Photo/Herwig Prammer

A staff member of the Naturhistorisches Museum Wien (Museum of Natural History) opens a showcase at the anthropologic department in central Vienna. Reuters Photo/Herwig Prammer

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Turtle skeletons are stored in the attic of the Naturhistorisches Museum Wien (Museum of Natural History) in central Vienna. Reuters Photo/Herwig Prammer

Turtle skeletons are stored in the attic of the Naturhistorisches Museum Wien (Museum of Natural History) in central Vienna. Reuters Photo/Herwig Prammer

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A visitor looks at historic stuffed animal in an exhibition hall of the Naturhistorisches Museum Wien (Museum of Natural History) in central Vienna. Reuters Photo/Herwig Prammer

A visitor looks at historic stuffed animal in an exhibition hall of the Naturhistorisches Museum Wien (Museum of Natural History) in central Vienna. Reuters Photo/Herwig Prammer

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Historic preserved animals and reptiles stand on a table of a laboratory at the Naturhistorisches Museum Wien (Museum of Natural History) in central Vienna. Reuters Photo/Herwig Prammer

Historic preserved animals and reptiles stand on a table of a laboratory at the Naturhistorisches Museum Wien (Museum of Natural History) in central Vienna. Reuters Photo/Herwig Prammer

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A scientist holds up a preserved poisonous centipede in a laboratory of the Naturhistorisches Museum Wien (Museum of Natural History) in central Vienna. Reuters Photo/Herwig Prammer

A scientist holds up a preserved poisonous centipede in a laboratory of the Naturhistorisches Museum Wien (Museum of Natural History) in central Vienna. Reuters Photo/Herwig Prammer

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A historic mounted giant crab is displayed at the Naturhistorisches Museum Wien (Museum of Natural History) in central Vienna. The museum, which first opened in 1889, consists of 39 exhibition halls with thousands of objects on display. Reuters Photo/Herwig Prammer

A historic mounted giant crab is displayed at the Naturhistorisches Museum Wien (Museum of Natural History) in central Vienna. The museum, which first opened in 1889, consists of 39 exhibition halls with thousands of objects on display. Reuters Photo/Herwig Prammer

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