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  • On July 5, 26 microlepidopterists and aficionados of micro-moths from North America and Europe came together at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science to present results of ongoing reseach and discuss dissection and preparation methods for those tiny and fragile, nevertheless beautiful insects. T…
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  • A new species of worm was discovered at a toxic cave in Steamboat Springs, Colorado by David Steinmann, Research Associate of the Zoology Department at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. The unusual worms were named Limnodrilus sulphurensis in the scientific journal Zootaxa, with the name be…
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  • Image credit: Rob Shearer.While most geese migrate between breeding grounds in the north and their more southerly wintering grounds, about3.4 million remain in one location throughout the year. The most abundant species of goose in North America, the Canadagoose, primarily breeds in Canada and Alask…
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  • New Caledonia is a biodiversity hotspot, with a high number of endemic species, many of which living in very small areas. Go to another mountain, or just a few miles to another valley, and you might find a different set of species. Since the early 2000s, Dr Jörn Theuerkauf from the Museum and Instit…
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  • In September we reached another milestone in our efforts to make our collections globally accessible through the SCAN portal: Our wonderful team of citizen scientist volunteers topped the mark of 80,000 databased specimens from the entomology collection. Supported by two NSF grants (CSBR and SCAN) a…
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  • Late September in the Rockies is always beautiful with that crispness to the air and brilliant colors as the aspen change. Last week, curator of mammals, Dr. John Demboski took advantage of the season and headed out to the Snowy Range in Wyoming to conduct some small mammal fieldwork. He was accompa…
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  • Dr. Paula Cushing, the Museum’s Curator of Invertebrate Zoology, has spent her career studying spiders and their relatives. In honor of her work, two colleagues have named arachnids after her.A newly discovered fossil camel spider (an arachnid in the order Solifugae) was named Cushingia ellenbergeri…
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  • School's out for summer. So far a very rainy summer, but anyway. During summer break, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science offers one of the programs we are most proud of: The Teen Science Scholar Program. We offer high school students a summer internship to work with research and collections s…
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  • Hundred and ten years ago, The Nature-Study Review published the opinion that “To-day it is almost beyond the bounds of human possibility that a child should discover an unknown fact in the sciences”. The great Colorado naturalist Theodore Cockerell countered right away: “So far is this from being t…
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  • Snail the Hunter

    Posted 04/27/2015 by Richard Busch | Comments
    Snails are just not what I generally think of when people drop the term “DANGER.” Bears- yes, sharks- obviously, tigers- you got it, but snails? Usually not.  But let me tell you what. Snails- sea-dwelling cone snails, at least are actually pretty formidable predators.Cone snails have a harpoon that…
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