2016 | USA | Documentary

What No One's Ever Seen

  • English 7 mins
  • Director | Sandya Viswanathan

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A day in the life of the world's most prolific spider scientist reveals the beauty and importance of a dying craft. "What No One's Ever Seen Before" follows the daily routine of Dr. Norman Platnick, Curator Emeritus of Arachnids at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Through his sunrise commute through Long Island, to the hidden halls of the still-closed museum, Norm shows us the relentless drive and deep excitement that has made him the world’s most prolific spider taxonomist. But just as we begin to understand and appreciate the man and his work, we find that he’s about to retire – with no successor in sight.


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