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National Science Foundation announces $14M planetary biodiversity inventory awards

...oordinating and prioritizing field, laboratory and museum studies to rapidly expand knowledge of species diversity in habitats all over the planet. New species will be described, phylogenetic relationships analyzed, and ALL Species classified based on fossil, morphological and molecular evidence. These i...

Louis Leakey Centennial Tribute

...rs. All programs take place at The Field Museum, a museum in the Chicago Parks located at 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive. For general museum information, call 312-922-9410 or visit our website at www.fieldmuseum.org . Program Highlights ...

Hypothesis linking flying foxes to high incidence of ALS/PDC gets boost from new study

ST. PAUL, MN Fifty-year-old museum specimens of the Guamanian flying fox may shed mor...g. "The concentration of BMAA in these 50-year-old museum specimens suggests that the Chamorro people may have unwittingly ingested high doses of BMAA when th...

UC Berkeley museum biologists to repeat 85-year-old Yosemite National Park wildlife survey

...nd 1920. At the time, Grinnell was director of the museum and a zoology professor at UC Berkeley. The National Park Service last year asked the museum scientists to conduct a new survey, since no complete assessment of park wildlife had been done sinc...

19th century museum specimens help plan reintroduction of endangered tiger beetle

...rd to answer these questions. Examining the DNA of museum specimens, however, can fill information gaps caus...d the 21st century technology of DNA sequencing at museum specimens from the 19th and 20th centuries to address current conservation issues," said Paul Goldst...

The Year of Biodiversity and Conservation

...nd novel research techniques using natural history museum collections. "We are facing the next great wave of...ersity of Chicago Press. The traditional detailed museum inventory work has long been important in informing conservation. To augment this, The Field Museum...

Mouse study suggests mammoth evolutionary change

...The researchers analyzed DNA samples taken from 56 museum specimens dating as far back as 1855, along with 5...go. That discovery prompted Pergams to get all the museum specimens that were collected in Illinois' Cook and Lake counties. The researchers used DNA taken n...

Botanist explores fascinating world of plant resins and amber in comprehensive new book

...anists, chemists, anthropologists, archaeologists, museum conservators, and amber enthusiasts. In the book, Langenheim suggests an improved definition of resins based on their chemical properties, the secretory mechanisms that produce them, and their ecological function. She also emphasizes the exciting fu...

Native American artifacts pose pesticide exposure risk

An analysis of museum artifacts returned to California's Hoopa tribe thr...objects during religious ceremonies, as well as to museum workers who handle the artifacts. Of the 17 artifacts studied, seven had a mercury level of more tha...

Squirrels' evolutionary 'family tree' reveals major influence of climate, geology

...sequences extracted from live animals or preserved museum specimens. To deduce how long ago and where variou...e-sized pygmy squirrel in Gabon; we ended up using museum specimens to get its DNA." To obtain their DNA samples, the researchers relied on "colleagues who do...

World shark attacks sink for second year in row, UF research shows

...Burgess, a biological scientist and coordinator of museum operations at the Florida Museum of Natural History at UF. Burgess just completed compiling the annual report for the shark attack file, a record of all known shark attacks. Coinciding with Time magazine's label "The Summer of the Shark," the prevail...

Ant agriculture: 50 million years of success

...d both for morphological and molecular study. The museum has set up an archival liquid N2 DNA repository for the molecular collections generated by the study. "The Smithsonian's repository of ant, fungal and bacterial specimens is an extremely important resource because most of these organisms have never...

Field Museum uncovers evidence behind man-eating; revises legend of its infamous man-eating lions

...game department records, unpublished journals, and museum specimens. First, the Tsavo lions were not 'aberrant'. Lions and other big cats have repeatedly turned to man-eating in the face of certain conditions, many of which are manmade. Furthermore, man-eating by lions continues today. "For most of their...

UC Riverside leads the country with the highest number of 2002 AAAS Fellows

...e basic biology of pests that attack stored foods, museum objects, fiber, structures, and pets and to develop integrated pest management strategies. Citation: In recognition of seminal contributions to our understanding of the biology and control of major fleas, and for outstanding administrative servic...

Untangling the web of tropical biodiversity

...r 2001, making it the most visited natural history museum in the world. Opened in 1910, the museum is dedicated to maintaining and preserving the world's most extensive collection of natural history ...

Duke ecologist's book offers hopeful view of Earth's plight

...n. For example, he recalls a moving encounter with museum specimens of two of the most prominent extinct birds -- the Carolina Parakeet and the Passenger Pigeon: "I found myself opening cabinet doors and pulling out a long gray tray," he wrote. "At the back, side by side, lay single specimens of the pigeon...

Macarthur Award winning physiologist to present Scholander Award and lecture

... between academic researchers and aquaria, zoos or museum personnel attempting to bridge programs with an emphasis on science, conservation and outreach. At the center of the TRCC program is a unique facility, established at Hopkins Marine Station in September of 1994 for the maintenance of captive tuna...

DNA shows genetic variability of the nene lost more than 500 years ago, not during the 20th century

...four time periods: Extant captive and wild birds; museum specimens collected between 1833 and 1928; bones f...ence of the loss of genetic variation first in the museum specimens, coincident with the nene population decline that began in the 1800s," said Robert Fleisch...

Salamanders change spots: Was it environmental stress?

...amudio admits to scientific controversy over using museum samples and measuring them against contemporary sp...ystem for monitoring population health, then using museum collections and comparing them to modern samples could lead to a powerful strategy for amphibian and...

Max-Planck doctoral student discovers 'living fossils'

... 1950 in Tanzania. It had been sent to the British museum 16 years earlier by the Museum in Lund/Sweden to b...s not yet been clarified. The species found in the museum represent the genus Mantophasma (body length up to 2.5 cm), the animals in amber the genus Raptophas...

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