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Hubble Space Telescope Team Revisits the ‘Pillars of Creation’ + Images Andromeda at 100 Megapixels

Natural History is a broad field of study that includes not just the study of the physical and biological aspects of Earth, but also of Space. So, in recognition of … Continue Reading Hubble Space Telescope Team Revisits the ‘Pillars of Creation’ + Images Andromeda at 100 Megapixels

Just Add Space Dust: How Solar Winds and Interplanetary Dust Combine to Form Water

Water can be considered special for any number of reasons.  Water provides a foundation (in more ways than one) for all life on this planet.  Water has a solid state … Continue Reading Just Add Space Dust: How Solar Winds and Interplanetary Dust Combine to Form Water

Invertebrate of the Week #14 – Elysia chlorotica: a (possibly) “solar-powered” marine sea slug

Invertebrate of the Week returns with this emerald-colored stunner.  Meet Elysia chlorotica, often hailed as a “solar-powered marine sea slug” and affectionately named the “Eastern Emerald Elysia.”E. chlorotica inhabits the waters along … Continue Reading Invertebrate of the Week #14 – Elysia chlorotica: a (possibly) “solar-powered” marine sea slug

Invertebrate of the Week #13 – Habronattus Jumping Spiders

This ‘Invertebrate of the Week’ is posted in support of a crowdfunded research appeal involving these remarkable little spiders.  Learn more about how you can help!Jumping spiders (Family: Salticidae) are a remarkable group of animals and … Continue Reading Invertebrate of the Week #13 – Habronattus Jumping Spiders

Lyle Krahn’s ‘Wild Photos and the Tales They Tell’

The internet is full of photoblogs where you can view the work of hundreds upon hundreds of outstanding photographers, both amateur and professional.  Clicking through them, you quickly become accustomed to a typical site … Continue Reading Lyle Krahn’s ‘Wild Photos and the Tales They Tell’

Recognizing Some Contemporary (Female) Naturalists

This morning, I mentioned via Twitter that UCLA is hosting a public conference as part of the Wallace Centenary Celebration (WCC) commemorating the 100th anniversary of the esteemed naturalist’s death.  The conference … Continue Reading Recognizing Some Contemporary (Female) Naturalists

The Lost Jenks Museum of Natural History Makes a Brief Return to Brown University

In 1945, Brown University threw away a natural history museum…literally.  92 truckloads of artifacts and specimens were transported to a University dump on the banks of the Seekonk River and discarded; … Continue Reading The Lost Jenks Museum of Natural History Makes a Brief Return to Brown University

Top Notch Photorealistic Illustrations by Carim Nahaboo

London-based illustrator Carim Nahaboo knocked my socks off this afternoon with his fantastic invertebrate illustrations.At first glance, it would be easy to mistake many of his illustrations for photographs. The level of careful … Continue Reading Top Notch Photorealistic Illustrations by Carim Nahaboo

Hidden in Plain Orange – How this harlequin bug’s orange coloration makes it both conspicuous and invisible

Aposematic coloration is the technical term for the coloration phenomenon found in such illustrious animals as poison dart frogs (Family: Dendrobatidae) and skunks.  The rationale is that the animal makes itself very conspicuous … Continue Reading Hidden in Plain Orange – How this harlequin bug’s orange coloration makes it both conspicuous and invisible

A to Z of the Human Condition: N is for Natural Curiosity

This is a reblog of a guest post I wrote for the Wellcome Collection concerning ‘Human Nature’ – our innate fascination with the natural world around us.  I hope you … Continue Reading A to Z of the Human Condition: N is for Natural Curiosity

Invertebrate of the Week #12 – Osmia bicolor: a shell-nesting bee

Acknowledgement: Hat tip to Paul Bee (@solitarybee) and John Walters (@JWentomologist) for bringing this insect to my attention.Meet Osmia bicolor, this week’s Invertebrate of the Week.  Unlike the more social Hymenopterans, O. … Continue Reading Invertebrate of the Week #12 – Osmia bicolor: a shell-nesting bee

Hendrick van Anthonissen’s Hidden Whale

Something about the painting was peculiar…not necessarily ‘wrong’, but certainly peculiar.  At face value, Scheveningen Sands by Hendrick van Anthonissen (1641) appeared to be just another fine Dutch Golden Age landscape, … Continue Reading Hendrick van Anthonissen’s Hidden Whale

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’

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