Natural history is defined as the discipline which focuses on inquiries about organisms, animals, fungi and plants.
The term natural history has narrowed over the years. Traditionally, natural history was related to all the aspects of nature and covered disciplines such as astronomy, geography, technology, medicine and superstitions.
During the Renaissance, this science has become a branch of the academic knowledge and has been divided into descriptive natural history and natural philosophy.
In modern times, natural history has had only definitions related to a scientific study of individual organisms.
The discipline studies organisms by using an observational method instead of an experimental methodology and people who study natural history are known as natural historians.
Natural history relates to scientific research but it is not limited to it, as the discipline involves the study of any category of natural objects and organisms.
With the development of this discipline, natural history museums have grown quickly and have played an important role in the emergence of professional biological disciplines and research programs.
The term natural history is also associated with natural history societies. These are groups of people who maintain records of animals, insects, mammals, fungi and plants.
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