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Hidden diversity: DNA 'barcoding' reveals a common butterfly is actually 10 different species

...te the fact that these butterflies have been dried museum specimens for as long as 23 years. Where possible, they included at least 20 individuals from each group of food plant, color variation and preferred habitat. As a result, they found 10distinct species within the group known as A. fulgerator in an ...

DNA barcode finds four new bird species

...tabase is that each barcode is linked to an actual museum specimen. "Linking sequences to physical specimens makes the results believable, repeatable and open to revision," says Stoeckle. "Once you build a library, then many people can take advantage of it," adds Stoeckle. The bar...

Operation Dangling Dino

...story at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, museum paleontologists will work to unlock the evidence w...es (one or two years), it will be displayed at the museum for the public to enjoy (the skull is already on display at the Utah Museum of Natural History). ...

Growing pains: T. Rex was teenage giant

..., will join with other team members at the Chicago museum on Wednesday to announce their findings. The museum is home to Sue [The Field Museum], the world's largest, oldest and most complete T. rex fossil, whic...

Scientists describe the world's smallest, lightest fish

...Wow, this is really great,'" said Walker, a senior museum scientist in the Scripps Marine Vertebrates Collection. "But at the time I didn't realize that I was looking at the world's smallest vertebrate." The stout infantfish supplants the dwarf goby as the new record holder of the world's smallest vertebrat...

LSU researcher discovers new bird

...rd previously unknown to science rests in a Lima museum and it will soon bear a name of Lane's choosing. As the discoverer of what could be a new species or, perhaps, a new genus, Lane will also be the first to author a scientific description of the bird. The process will take some time, but, fo...

Field Museum gives Parker/Gentry Award to Chinese conservationist

...ailable for interview May 23-28, at which time the museum will issue a proclamation to support China's Prime Minister Wen Jiabao in his decision last month to suspend the construction of the Nu dams. Other institutions signing the proclamation calling on the government to cancel the project and protect the ...

Dramatic decline of California native frog linked to introduced trout in mountain lakes

...fe in the Sierra Nevada, UC Berkeley biologist and museum director Joseph Grinnell complained that mountain yellow-legged frogs (Rana muscosa) were so abundant that his survey team was stepping on them. Today there are probably fewer than 200 populations of the frogs - perhaps 5,000 adults - in their range ...

Pearly mussels: One of North America's natural jewels is disappearing

...future populations will be limited to specimens in museum drawers." Unique and highly specialized animals, mussels begin life as larvae before spending their adulthood as sedentary bivalves. Larvae, which are microscopic in size, parasitize a fish host before settling to the bottom of a freshwater ecosyste...

World's oldest modern hummingbirds described in Science

... Forschungsinstitut Senckenberg, a natural history museum in Frankfurt, Germany. The extinct European hummingbirds were endowed with long, nectar-sucking beaks and wings designed for feeding while hovering, Mayr explained. Mayr named the new hummingbird species Eurotrochilus inexpectatus , which means an ...

IU and Purdue scientists to answer questions about Brood X periodical cicadas

...Ind. 46204-2725. Media parking is available in the museum circle drive on the building's south side or in the underground garage. WHO: Scientists from Indiana University and Purdue University: Biologist Keith Clay, IU Bloomington Entomologist Cliff Sadof, Purdue Economic geographer John Odland, ...

Long-forgotten samples may help save species

...s for the old samples also underscore the value of museum collections and fundamental science, Ó Foighil added. "When Jack Burch sampled these snails, he didn't know they were going to go extinct. It's a classic case of the unexpected utility of such basic, collection-oriented research." ...

Warning to preserve 'unique' red squirrel from extinction

...re than 200 British and European squirrels held in museum collections dating back to 1861 to determine their genetic constitution. The research suggested red squirrels in the North-east have adapted really well to the man-made conifer plantations of the region. It also showed many squirrels have recent E...

Three new South American fish identified

...ed the new species while examining the contents of museum samples gathered from South American rivers in yea... Venezuelan Museo de Ciencias Naturales de Guanare museum as part of his doctoral research on the evolutionary ecology of feeding behavior of cichlid fishes i...

There be dragons: New deep-sea predator species discovered

...titution and Harvard to do some fish sleuthing. In museum collections at those institutions, he found 13 additional specimens collected in the Atlantic over the past 30 years that had previously been either unidentified or misidentified. This work verified that the new species was in fact unique. Dragonfish...

Field Museum maps 'social assets' of Chicago's industrialized Lake Calumet region

...ate and undergraduate researchers, assistants, and museum staff conducted ethnographic research in Hammond, Ind., and the Chicago communities of South Deering, Pullman, East Side and Riverdale. These areas are known for their industrial might, which has declined over the past several decades. Today they are...

New 'Understanding Evolution' Web site provides one-stop-shop for nation's science teachers

... teacher who stumbled on the new site e-mailed the museum with his praise. "Your gorgeous, content-rich site absolutely knocked my socks off! Don't know who the genius was who knew exactly what middle-schoolers would be interested in while learning real science, but I am totally impressed! The content is su...

Final of the 2003/04 Research Councils' Business Plan Competition

...otofits for crime detection and virtually enhanced museum displays. These are just a few of the fascinating ideas that have reached the final of the Research Councils' Business Plan Competition. UK research in science, technology and the arts ranks among the highest in the world. The aim of this competitio...

The Lions of Tsavo: Exploring the Legacy of Africa's Notorious Man-eaters

...e of the more that 175,000 mammal specimens at the museum has a more compelling and involved story than "Ghost" and "Darkness," shot by Col. John Patterson (no relation to Dr. Patterson) more than a century ago. "Their story offers an opportunity to synthesize the disciplines that comprise natural history ...

Dinosaur symposium at the Smithsonian Institution

...sil Caf, or shopping at the TriceraShop, a special museum shop devoted to dinosaur-related toys, clothing, books and more. The Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History is located at 10th Street and Constitution Ave, N.W. in Washington, D.C. Museum hours are 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. every day. Admission...

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