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Quentin Wheeler’s firing of department chairs earlier this year didn’t sit well with university faculty members.  

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Love in the Scientific Literature

By Cassandra Willyard | February 12, 2018

There are countless ways for scientists to say, “I love you.” Naming a slime-mold beetle after your wife (and another after your ex-wife) is, apparently, one of them.  

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Image of the Day: Mustachioed Monkey

By The Scientist Staff | January 18, 2018

A scientist confirms a new species of patas monkey in Ethiopia.

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The New Species of 2017

By Jef Akst | December 27, 2017

A sampling of some of the fascinating critters identified by scientists this year

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Shotgun Sequencing Outdone by Amplicon

By Catherine Offord | August 8, 2017

The shotgun approach, typically thought to be the superior method, may substantially underestimate diversity in environments that have not already been classified, researchers find.

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Birders Break North American Record

By Kerry Grens | October 1, 2016

A nude birder and an Australian zoo owner are competing to set the new bar for the number of species spotted in a single year.

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Brontosaurus Regains Dinosaur Status

By Bob Grant | April 8, 2015

Paleontologists rescue Brontosaurus from the waste bin of history, suggesting it once again be classified as a distinct dinosaur species.

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Ancient Beasts Classified by Collagen

By Jef Akst | March 19, 2015

Protein extracted from ancient fossils identified by Darwin as some of the “strangest animals ever discovered” places the creatures amongst horses, tapirs, and rhinos on the tree of life.

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The Sex Parts of Plants, 1736

By Kerry Grens | January 1, 2015

Carl Linnaeus’s plant classification system was doomed, and he knew it.

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Mistaken Identities

By Kerry Grens | January 1, 2015

Researchers are working to automate the arduous task of identifying—and amending—mislabeled sequences in genetic databases.

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