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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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Jurassic fossil from Skye
A Jurassic fossil from Skye provides first evidence of milk producing mammals in Scotland.
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Environmental enrichment for captive Killer whales
A look at how environmental enrichment affects captive Killer whale skeletons by mimicking natural behaviours.
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A new Triassic discovery
Meet Pectodens zhenyuensis, the latest Middle Triassic fossil of southern China to be described.
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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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SPNHC and ICOM NATHIST 2020
This joint meeting will take place from 7–13 June 2020 in Edinburgh.
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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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