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Watch ‘Scotty the T-Rex’ take shape at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

I love how Te Papa has been using Youtube to bring viewers a behind-the-scenes glimpse into their natural history work.  For instance, on September 16th they broadcast an examination of a Collossal … Continue Reading Watch ‘Scotty the T-Rex’ take shape at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Invertebrate of the Week #11 – ‘Venus’s Flower Basket’ (Euplectella aspergillum)

Up to this point, arthropods have dominated the Invertebrate of the Week series so I am going to give them a rest and head over to a different invertebrate lineage: the sponges … Continue Reading Invertebrate of the Week #11 – ‘Venus’s Flower Basket’ (Euplectella aspergillum)

The Riverine Bull Sharks of Iran and Iraq: A Brief Modern History

Bull sharks probably aren’t the first animal that comes to mind when you think about river fauna in Iraq and Iran.  In fact, I would venture that many Westerners would … Continue Reading The Riverine Bull Sharks of Iran and Iraq: A Brief Modern History

The Sublime Waitomo ‘Glowworm Grotto’

Note: This post features a few photos with unknown authors.  If you are aware of who took these photographs, please let me know in the Comments section below so I … Continue Reading The Sublime Waitomo ‘Glowworm Grotto’

Invertebrate of the Week #10 – Spiny Flower Mantis (Pseudocreobotra wahlbergii)

Meet the spectacular Spiny Flower Mantis (Pseudocreobotra wahlbergii) which hails from Africa.P. wahlbergii is a member of a polyphyletic group of mantises referred to as flower mantises which employ of a … Continue Reading Invertebrate of the Week #10 – Spiny Flower Mantis (Pseudocreobotra wahlbergii)

Invertebrate of the Week #9 – Bigfin Squid (Magnapinnidae)

On November 7, 2007 a Shell Oil Company ROV team was working to retrieve drilling equipment on the seabed near the Perdido project in the Gulf of Mexico.  The project … Continue Reading Invertebrate of the Week #9 – Bigfin Squid (Magnapinnidae)

Oslo’s Vulkan Beehives

In 2009, the Norwegian capital of Oslo set in motion an ambitious endeavor to revitalize Vulkan, the industry-heavy west bank of the Akerselva river.  The ultimate goal was to take an area dominated … Continue Reading Oslo’s Vulkan Beehives

Invertebrate of the Week #8 – Golden Tortoise Beetle (Charidotella sexpunctata)

Today we are featuring the beautiful metallic beetle Charidotella sexpunctata, also known as the Golden tortoise beetle.  These North American beetles are small, measuring approximately 5 – 7 mm in length and are … Continue Reading Invertebrate of the Week #8 – Golden Tortoise Beetle (Charidotella sexpunctata)

Laser Ablation Tomography – Natural History’s “Hot” New Imaging Technique

Imagine for a moment that you were given access to a nanosecond, Q-switched, ultraviolet laser; a servo-driven sample stage; a high resolution microscope-mounted CCD camera with a theoretical resolving power … Continue Reading Laser Ablation Tomography – Natural History’s “Hot” New Imaging Technique

Invertebrate of the Week #7 – Sally Lightfoot Crab (Grapsus grapsus)

This week we are showcasing a dashing little crustacean known colloquially as the Sally Lightfoot Crab (Grapsus grapsus).  Sally Lightfoot’s can grow to a maximum carapace size of ~8cm and are … Continue Reading Invertebrate of the Week #7 – Sally Lightfoot Crab (Grapsus grapsus)

Natural History Through the Eyes of Charley Harper

In my experience, natural history illustration has always glorified the photorealistic.  As a discipline grounded in scientific inquiry, there has obviously been a persistent a desire to portray the wonders of … Continue Reading Natural History Through the Eyes of Charley Harper

Invertebrate of the Week #6 – Giant Green Sea Anemone (Anthopleura xanthogrammica)

If you’re a young seabird, this week’s Invertebrate of the Week is right out of your nightmares.A recent article in Marine Ornithology demonstrated that these flashy tide-pool denizens are capable of consuming … Continue Reading Invertebrate of the Week #6 – Giant Green Sea Anemone (Anthopleura xanthogrammica)

How Sandstone Arches Form

Stress and pressure.  We all feel it from time to time and for humans, it’s typically perceived as destructive.  For sandstone arches, however, stress and pressure are indispensable formative elements.Until now, … Continue Reading How Sandstone Arches Form

Ongeim’l Tketau – Palau’s Jellyfish Lake

When I think of jellyfish (Phylum: Cnidaria), I typically think of the ocean and not a lake.  Then again, nature loves to shake things up from time and time and … Continue Reading Ongeim’l Tketau – Palau’s Jellyfish Lake

Urban Wildlife – London’s Red Foxes

When I visited London for the first time, I knew I would be in for many, many surprises but I hardly expected to see what I was seeing as I … Continue Reading Urban Wildlife – London’s Red Foxes

Invertebrate of the Week #5 – Opadometa species

It’s good to be back!  To kick off my return to posting, I would like to introduce a conspicuous spider from the world’s third largest island, Borneo.According to photographer Alex … Continue Reading Invertebrate of the Week #5 – Opadometa species

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