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Articles in category Zoology: 39

  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • Off to Churchill and Polar Bears

    Posted 10/19/2012 by John Demboski | Comments
    Leaving for Churchill, Manitoba on Hudson Bay October 20 for 4 days of polar bears.  Hopefully we'll see some other wildlife like arctic hares and foxes.  I'll post pics when I get back.
  • New species can be published online

    Posted 09/18/2012 by Frank Krell | Comments
    2012 has brought two pivotal decisions for the publication of newly discovered species. Before, everything relevant to scientific names (nomenclature) had to be published on hard copy. From this year, species discoveries can be published in online journals. Electronic works containing new anima…
  • Shrews in the News

    Posted 07/02/2012 by John Demboski | Comments
    The USGS issued a press release around our new shrew paper published in Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution.   Here's the link to the release: "Shrews in the News - Rapid Evolution of Shrews in Response to Climate Change"   and here: "Shrews Rapidly Evolving in Re…
  • Wyoming fieldwork, 49 million years to the present

    Posted 06/20/2012 by John Demboski | Comments
    Was out this past week and a half with students in the Bridger (Green River) Basin of southwestern Wyoming. Highschool Teen Science Scholars, undergraduate students, other scientists, DMNS volunteers, and a few dogs.  The Green River Basin is a treasure trove of Eocene critters that lived…
  • The Egg Craters! Take 2

    Posted 06/04/2012 by John Demboski | Comments
    The redhead duck egg clutch we saw in the last installment of "The Egg Craters" is shown above.  Zoology department volunteer Alika Brooks designed and fabricated this hand-made "egg crate" to properly house the 36 eggs in this set. The box is made from acid-free cardboard and the eggs …
  • The Egg Craters!

    Posted 05/17/2012 by John Demboski | Comments
    For nearly a century or more, most of the egg sets in the Zoology Department have been stored in open topped, single-walled, cardboard boxes. They were like fragile little sardines, clacking against one another; not the safest way to store eggs. The only difference is that unlike sardines, egg…
  • Polar Bear Trip 2012!

    Posted 03/12/2012 by John Demboski | Comments
    POLAR BEAR WATCH In mid-October, some hundreds of polar bears begin arriving in Churchill, Manitoba, the polar bear capital of the world. The bears are waiting for the ice to come to Hudson Bay so they can hunt for their primary food source, seals. Normally these bears are solitary, but th…
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