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A Rapid Inventory Leads to the Creation of the Ampiyacu-Apayacu Regional Conservation Area Read more about Conservation Impact in Peru
One way to trace the paleographical history of a landmass or archipelago is the reconstruction of the phylogeny of its organisms, by means of DNA sequence analysis. For example, if the closest living relatives of a group of species found on the Galapagos Islands occur in Peru, it can be assumed that for these group of organisms, colonization took place from somewhere in central western South America. This might vary between groups of organisms, since each group has different means of dispersal and mobility. Read more about Tracing the Paleogeographical History of Hawaii
February 14 through February 17 I used the Laser Ablation-Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) at the Elemental Analysis Lab to source decorated earthenware from the prehispanic site of Tanjay on Negros Island, Philippines. This research will address the debate on the importance of craft specialization to the development of pre-modern complex societies and elucidate exchange networks for prestige goods in prehispanic Southeast Asia. Read more about Lasers, Ceramics, and Numbers
What should constitute a museum collection in the 22nd century? How can human material production be best displayed, interpreted, or understood? The Field Museum has embarked on Contemporary Urban Collections: Material Ethnography of City Life, a new initiative to answer these questions. CUC_header 14-29-42_0.jpg Read more about Contemporary Urban Collections
An Issacs-Kidd Midwater Trawl being brought on board the Research Vessel Robert Gordon Sproul off the coast of California. This trawl was made by a team of ichthyologists and invertebrate zoologists from The Field Museum that were sampling from the midwater (open ocean) at a depth range of 3,500 feet to the surface. The movie is sped up as the trawl is coming in, and then slows down to the real time as the cod end (the end of the net) is opened up to show what was collected. The trawl is full of a diversity of red and brown crustaceans (mysid shrimp, krill, etc.) and silver hatchetfishes and smoothtongues and black lanternfishes and bigscales. Read more about Collecting Deep-Sea Fishes and Invertebrates
The compilation of the volume can be attributed to a community effort and the high quality of papers is the product of all those who participated as reviewers, contributors and editorial support. In preparing for the volume, it became evident that the study of liverworts, hornworts, and mosses remains strong and has a healthy future as evidenced by contributions from senior scientists, post-doctoral researchers and doctoral students. We include 13 scientific papers from 35 authors. Read more about A special issue of Phytotaxa dedicated to Bryophytes: The closest living relatives of early land plants
Legendary "man-eating" lions of Tsavo likely ate about 35 people—not 135—in notorious attacks SANTA CRUZ, CA--The legendary "man-eating lions of Tsavo" that terrorized a railroad camp in Kenya more than a century ago likely consumed about 35 people--far fewer than popular estimates of 135 victims, according to a new analysis by researchers at the University of California, Santa Cruz. The study also yields surprises about the predatory behavior of lions. Read more about Man-eating lions ate fewer people than believed
In a 2010 publication in the Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, two new species of broad-nosed bats are described for the very first time. Read more about Two new bat species described from the Andes of South America
A strikingly unusual animal was recently described from the cloud-forests of Peru. The large rodent is about the size of a squirrel and looks a bit like one, except its closest relatives are spiny rats. The nocturnal, climbing rodent is beautiful yet strange looking, with long dense fur, a broad blocky head, and thickly furred tail. A blackish crest of fur on the crown, nape and shoulders add to its distinctive appearance. Read more about Scientists discover striking new species of cloud-forest rodent in Peru