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Technology and the Taxonomist: Revolutionary Replacement?

“Basically, my job is to put people like you out of work!” This declaration came from the mouth of a scientist who develops methods for environmental monitoring at a recent saki-fuelled sushi feast with researcher friends. By ‘people like you’, … Continue reading

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Making the Cut: The ‘Best’ New Species from 2014

Yesterday, the International Institute for Species Exploration released its ‘Top 10 New Species of 2015’ list. Every year, approximately 18 000 new species are named, and a panel of taxonomists sift through these taxonomic discoveries to assemble the top 10 … Continue reading

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Men With Style – Nuptial Colouration in Fish

This post is the latest in a recurring series called the Difference Between Boys and Girls, which talks about gender inequality and the battle of the sexes in biology. Humans aren’t the only creatures that try to look their best … Continue reading

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Species Lag Time

Of all of the species that exist in the world’s oceans, forests, streams, and soils, scientists have managed to describe only a small fraction. In the case of charismatic megafauna with the wide eyes and fur that everyone loves, scientists … Continue reading

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White Nose Syndrome Look Alike

Over the last decade, an emerging fungal disease, White Nose Syndrome (WNS), has been decimating North American bats, including several endangered species. Mortality rates of affected bat colonies are in excess of 90%, and some 6 million bats are estimated … Continue reading

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