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  • 25,000 Insects Databased

    Posted 01/09/2014 by Frank Krell | Comments
    Today we passed the mark of 25,000 databased insect specimens, thanks to our wonderful, efficient and indefatigable volunteers and our grant-funded assistants, David Bettman and Chris Grinter. Supported by two grants of the National Science Foundation, we are transferring label data of scientific sp…
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  • Jeff Stephenson's cave millipede

    Posted 01/03/2014 by Frank Krell | Comments
    For many years, DMNS Research Associate David Steinmann has explored Colorado caves and collected invertebrates that nobody has ever seen before. In October 2012, in Bonnie's Hall Cave in Eagle County in Colorado, he came across a small, 14 mm long millipede of the genus Austrotyla. This genus conta…
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  • The History of a Natural History Museum

    Posted 01/01/2014 by Frank Krell | Comments
    On 31 December 2013, after a long and interesting history in its own right, the DMNS History volume has been published. Thirty-two authors have contributed to the 427 pages of the volume that contains a summative history of the whole institution from the very beginning in 1897, and detailed, comp…
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  • The International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature: Reinventing a 118-year old organization to serve the biological community

    Posted 12/29/2013 by Frank Krell | Comments

    Preamble: Zoology’s Supreme Court for Names

    The system of binominal nomenclature for animals (living and extinct) is among the most succinct of communication systems that has been devised. With just two names (e.g., Aphodius coloradensis), a unique qualifier for each and every organism that share…
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  • Beetles in A New Objectivity

    Posted 10/14/2013 by Frank Krell | Comments
    Today was the official opening of a new exhibition in the Special Collections room of University of Colorado's Norlin Library: A New Objectivity: Ernst Jünger and Albert Renger-Patzsch. Ernst Jünger (1895-1998) was a famous German writer, philosopher, and beetle collector. A shot in the head in Worl…
  • Great pictures of insects and other things

    Posted 10/11/2013 by Frank Krell | Comments
    During fieldwork, for our research, for exhibits or our databasing efforts, we produce loads of photos of the animals we study and the places where we study the animals. Our photographer and SCAN assistant Chris Grinter has established a Flickr page with a growing number photos of the prettiest, ugl…
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  • Youngest Volunteer

    Posted 08/08/2013 by Frank Krell | Comments
    Today was registration at Foothills Elementary in Lakewood. Also today was Becky Krell's first day as a DMNS volunteer. Having seen her sister Vicky volunteering for a year, she couldn't wait to join her. Today was her great day. She got her volunteer badge and is now official. Vicky is already expe…
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  • Databasing at full speed

    Posted 02/24/2013 by Frank Krell | Comments
    On 1 November, Chris Grinter started as the Databasing Assistant in the NSF funded SCAN project (Southwest Collections of Arthropods Network), a consortium of ten Museums and Collections of the American Southwest. He worked his first months for Paula Cushing in the arachnology collection cleaning up…
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  • ScarabNet meeting in London

    Posted 02/20/2013 by Frank Krell | Comments
    Frank Krell joined this year’s ScarabNet meeting on 1 and 2 February at the London Zoo. ScarabNet is a NSF-funded Research Coordination Network that has brought together over 80 researchers working on dung beetles (Scarabaeinae). ScarabNet has stimulated international collaborations, produced review…
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  • Collection of Megan Vogel donated to DMNS

    Posted 11/07/2012 by Frank Krell | Comments
    On 18 October Jeff Stephenson and Frank Krell drove from Denver to Helena, Montana, to collect a major donation (only to find out in the middle of nowhere, Wyoming, that the gas gauge of the Museum vehicle didn't work). In Helena resides Dr. Bea Vogel, DMNS Research Associate and first preside…
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