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While non-fungible tokens (NFTs) have a mixed reputation, a proposal for a new application of the NFT concept called a “virtual equivalent of a real object” (VERO) could allow precious, rare objects to be bought and collected virtually. In a new paper in the journal Megataxa, an entomologist envisions a future in which VEROs could drive collecting of 3D virtual models of insect holotype specimens, thereby subsidizing increased digitization of entomological collections and discovery of new species. (Image courtesy of Samuel Bolton, Ph.D.)

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