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A Lions Kingdom in Decline
A recent paper reveals a double blow to lion populations over the last 20,000 years.
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An unexpected assemblage of brachiopods
New paper contributes to the knowledge of marine invertebrate faunas in the early Ordovician.
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Nature's Palette: Colouring our World
A lavishly illustrated new guide to Werner’s Nomenclature of Colour marking the bicentenary of the publication of the second edition.
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SPNHC Conference 2022
This joint meeting will take place from 4—10 June 2022 in Edinburgh.
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New beetle atlas launched
A comprehensive new atlas covering 75 species across three charismatic beetle families has been launched.
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Old specimens, new techniques
Cutting-edge technology is revealing fascinating new information from Triassic fossils.
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Truesly amazing whale discovery!
The first recorded stranding of True’s beaked whale, Mesoplodon mirus, in Britain.
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Fascinating fungus gnats
New paper sheds light on the evolution and classification of predatory fungus gnats (Diptera: Keroplatidae).
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Amazing meteorite acquisition
A lunar meteorite and two tektites have recently been acquired for the Earth Systems research collections.
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Outstanding donation of insect specimens
An outstanding donation of over 40,000 aquatic insect specimens from the Scottish River Endrick.
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Disentangling wing shape evolution
A recent paper looks at the wing shapes of a South African mayfly, known as the spiny-crawlers (Teloganodidae).
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Unexpected new Jurassic deep-marine crocodile
A recently described new species suggests that during the Late Jurassic a group of teleosauroids was getting better adapted to a pelagic lifestyle.
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Ancient mushroom-loving flies
The earliest bolitophilids described from the 46 million year old Kishenehn Formation and Baltic amber.
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