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Scientists discover a host of reasons for the evolution of social parasites in ants

Scientists discover a host of reasons for the evolution of social parasites in ants

September 29, 2021

Specimens and data collected by Stephan Cover, safe keeper of our ant collection for many decades before retiring earlier this year, was instrumental in research headed by Christian Rabeling at Arizona State University. Rabeling began the project as a postdoc at the MCZ working with Edward O. Wilson and Naomi Pierce. 

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New species of boa from the Dominican Republic

New species of boa from the Dominican Republic

September 2, 2021

For the first time in 133 years a new species of boa has been discovered in the Dominican Republic, published in the MCZ journal Breviora, by Miguel A. Landestoy, R. Graham Reynolds and Robert W. Henderson. 

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For the first time in over a century, a new boa species has been discovered in the Dominican Republic. University of North Carolina Asheville Associate Professor of Biology Graham Reynolds has collaborated with naturalist Miguel Landesto...

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Analysis of fossil sheds light on reptile evolution

Analysis of fossil sheds light on reptile evolution

September 2, 2021

Tiago Simões, a researcher in the Stephanie Pierce lab and former Edward O. Wilson Biodiversity Postdoctoral Fellow, knew he found something special when he examined a fossil specimen collected decades ago. The fossil belongs to a previously unknown species of lizard-like reptile, representing the earliest evolving member of a lineage that today includes all lizards, snakes, and their closest relatives. The research was published in...

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A lifetime of natural history with Gonzalo Giribet

August 11, 2021

For the latest episode of the HMSC Connects! podcast host Jennifer Berglund talks with Gonzalo Giribet, the new director of the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology, professor in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard, and curator of invertebrate zoology. Giribet recounts his insatiable interest in scouring the beach for shells growing up south of...

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