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#TaxonomyFail of the Year

By Morgan Jackson On the scale of 1 to What On Earth Has Gone Wrong, this ranks somewhere out near Pluto. Check out this news article published by Science Magazine. Yes, *that* Science Magazine. To illustrate an article about beetles, Science Magazine used a stock image of a shield bug (Hemiptera: Scutelleridae). The Read Full…

It’s Pí Day!

By Morgan Jackson It’s March 14, 2015, which, in North America at least, makes it Pi Day (3/14/15), a day where people celebrate the most well-known mathematical constant with delicious baked goods and puns. But in Middle-earth, the magical and engrossing world created by J.R.R. Tolkien as the setting for his tales of Read Full…

Collections Under Fire – Royal British Columbia Museum

Article Abstract: Natural History Collections are the Libraries of biology. They collect, protect, and maintain the specimens that allow us to understand how the natural world works, and then they make them available for people to use, study and enjoy, usually for free. Every specimen is irreplaceable, a priceless first edition that allows us to explore,…

Monikers Only Matter for Vertebrates

Article Abstract: In the latest issue of Scientific American, David Shiffman has a short article titled “Monikers Matter“, on the potential importance of common names for the conservation of species. He highlights the case of Charopa lafargei Vermeulen & Marzuki, a species of recently discovered snail only known from a single hill in Malaysia which is slated…

Reflecting on 2014

Article Abstract: It’s that time of year when people look back on the year that was and reflect on what they’ve done, or not done, and begin planning on how to fill up the blank slate that comes with the new year. For myself, 2014 was arguably one of my most successful to date: I was…

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!

Article Abstract: Merry Christmas to those celebrating, and happy holidays to those who aren’t! I hope you find yourself surrounded by friends& family of all shapes and sizes, and I wish you a wonderful winter, and a New Year filled with curiosity, discovery and unparalleled joy.   And for you taxonomy geeks out there, here’s an…

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