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In the following sentence what should be used in the blank 'representation / array' and why ?

In devising such scenarios and filling in the human family bush, researchers must consult a large and diverse ________ of fossils, and they must also employ refined excavation methods and records.

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    Overwhelmingly most people's choice will be "array". A representation can be something that is represented, and the fossils in this context can represent a large number of fossils, so I don't see it as wrong here. It's simply more idiomatic to use "array". You can compare "consult a representation" with "consult an array" and see the difference in frequency of usage between the two. – Zebrafish Mar 2 at 9:36
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as already said by Zebrafish Array seems more natural. another solution would be "collection"

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