Museum workers are not all exhibitionists

I consider the American Museum of Natural History to be my “home” museum. It’s the one I visited as … [Read more...]

Phylogeny of elves finds that santa’s workers are actually dwarves

Abstract This study reconstructs the evolutionary tree of elves using 26 life history, … [Read more...]

What do scientists do? Part II – A tribute to taxonomists

The giant tortoises of the Galapagos Islands are huge, weighing up to 550 lbs (250 kg) and with a … [Read more...]

The puzzling case of the twisted sisters

In the business of making evolutionary trees you’re always on the lookout for a conundrum. … [Read more...]

Species: biological phenomenon or human construct?

You probably think you know what a species is. Look at the zebra picture below. How many species do … [Read more...]

The unit of biodiversity

Biodiversity is a simple and beautiful concept. It’s exactly what it sounds like. Biodiversity … [Read more...]