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Fantastical Fish, circa 1719

By | January 1, 2014

A collection of colorful drawings compiled by publisher Louis Renard sheds light on eighteenth-century science.

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Protein Sequencing Disputes Linnaeus

By | November 6, 2013

Comparing the proteins of a 300-year-old pickled elephant fetus with modern sequence data challenges Carl Linnaeus’s decision to assign it as the Asian elephant type specimen.

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Psychedelic Phylogenetics

By | August 9, 2013

Using molecular markers, researchers reconstruct the “magic” mushroom family tree. 

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The Turtle That Never Was

By | July 1, 2013

A species of freshwater turtle deemed to be extinct may never have existed in the first place.

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New Genus of Bat

By | April 11, 2013

In South Sudan, researchers discover another specimen that they’ve classified into an entirely new genus of the flying mammal.

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Meet the Lady Gaga Ferns

By | October 26, 2012

Culturally conscious researchers name a new plant genus after the reigning queen of pop.

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Bugging the Digital World

By | September 28, 2012

Young entrepreneurs are creating a digital, 3-D encyclopedia of insects that doubles as a free field guide.

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Budget Cuts Shutter Biodiversity Program

By | January 16, 2012

The US Geological Survey’s database, a compendium of biodiversity information, will be shut down this month due to a slashed 2012 budget.

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Opinion: Exploring a Little-Known Planet

By | October 1, 2011

Cataloging the staggering richness of Earth’s species will have multiple payoffs.

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86 Percent of Eukaryotes Undiscovered

By | August 24, 2011

A new estimate of eukaryotic diversity suggests a total of 8.7 million species. So far, scientists have discovered only 1.2 million of them.

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