Blogs & Videos: Plants

Fossil Fish, Pt. II: A History

Join us for Part II in our quest to uncover the tropical world of ancient Fossil Lake! Palm trees in Wyoming! Sex in the fossil record! Check out "Lost World of Fossil Lake: Snapshots from Deep Time," by Lance Grande http://bit.ly/1p79CXv Gems and Gemstones: Timeless Natural Beauty of the Mineral World, by Lance Grande: http://bit.ly/1dr59GM

What the Function? with Smarter Every Day!

Where biology and engineering meet: let's puzzle out what the function is for some of our specimens! QUIZ SHOW! Huge thanks to Destin from Smarter Every Day for his help with this episode; stay tuned for more soon, and be sure to check out his channel! 

http://www.youtube.com/smartereveryday Special Guests: Anna Goldman and Destin!

Journals of Neotropical Vascular Plant Taxonomy

While many literature indexes are available online, taxonomic literature is often found in local journals or even hobbyist magazines not indexed by major academic publishing houses. This list attempts to remedy that by bringing together most references of importance to Neotropical plant taxonomy. Dates in parentheses indicate the dates of available online content at time of compiling the list, and not the publication dates of the journal. Journal titles in black are those for which no website was found. The following sources were very useful in compiling the list:



How many trees are there in the Amazon?

A couple of weeks ago some colleagues and I wrote a paper in Science reporting some new findings on Amazonian forests. Some of the findings are actually just numbers, and one of those numbers is really big. It's the number of trees we think probably grow in the Amazon, and it's 390 billion.

Paradise Lost is Found in the Mountains of Peru

  Nestled deep within the Escalera Mountains of Peru lies a piece of paradise that has awaited exploration by scientists for hundreds of years.  Until now, scientists have been unable to set foot there due to the severe and isolated terrain: cloud-shrouded cliffs rise out of the Amazonian lowlands far from the main Andean range, crisscrossed with mountain creeks and waterfalls topping out on 7,500-foot ridges.

Field Museum Assists in Murder Investigation

It sounds like a scenario straight out of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: “A father stands accused of murdering his baby daughter. A vital clue to where her body may be buried? The clump of plant-filled mud found on the bottom of his shoe. To identify the unique combination of species embedded in the muck, investigators call in botanists from The Field Museum....”

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