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Originally posted by Brian Switek On March 15, 2009, at 12:05 PM Ancestors are important. We like to know where we came from and what sort of legacy our forebears left, but it has only been recently that we have been able to trace the concept of “ancestor” through the depths of geological strata. I…

The Devil’s Teeth, by Susan Casey

Originally posted by Grrlscientist On March 14, 2009, at 10:59 AM An ocean without its unnamed monsters would be like a completely dreamless sleep.—John Steinbeck, The Log from the Sea of Cortez (Penguin Classics; 1995). Unlike any of the kids I grew up with, I was absolutely fascinated by sharks. Despite their bloodthirsty reputation, I…

Originally posted by Brian Switek On March 10, 2009, at 11:14 AM In 1857 Richard Owen proposed that our species, Homo sapiens, belonged to a distinct subclass separate from all other primates. He called this new group the Archencephala and based it as much upon human powers of reason as minute neuroanatomical differences between apes…

Originally posted by John Lynch On March 6, 2009, at 1:17 PM This being the bicentenary of Darwin’s birth – and the 150th anniversary of the publication of his masterwork – many folks seem to have the goal of reading Origin for the first time. Generally speaking the first edition of 1859 (or the second…

Originally posted by Brian Switek On March 1, 2009, at 7:42 PM I don’t quite know what to make of Richard Fortey’s latest book Dry Storeroom No. 1: The Secret life of the Natural History Museum. When I opened my copy to the first chapter I was expecting something like Douglas Preston’s written tour of…

Originally posted by Grrlscientist On February 27, 2009, at 12:53 PM I love art, birds and travel, and because Africa has such a huge variety of exotic wildlife that I’ve only ever seen in zoos and aviaries, it is high on my list of places to visit. Recently, David G. Derrick, Jr., the author of…

[Book] Dry Storeroom No. 1

Review by John M. Lynch at Stranger Fruit Originally posted on: January 11, 2009 4:18 PM I’ve had the pleasure of working behind the scenes in a number of natural history museums. While a grad student, I had an office in the Natural History Museum in Dublin, spent a good deal of time every year…