10 Million Shells and Counting
The Malacology Collection at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University in Philadelphia dates back to the institution’s founding in 1812, when one of its founders donated a box of shells and madrepores (reef-building corals). Since then, the shell collection has grown considerably and now occupies more than 250 cabinets containing more than 13,000 drawers and 10 million specimens, together weighing more than 55 tons. The collection represents every region of the world and is a priceless resource for scientists in many disciplines. It is fully searchable online through the Academy’s website, ansp.org, and more than 5,000 of the most scientifically important specimens can be viewed as high-definition images on any web browser.