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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. 

From UNC Asheville: 

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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Richard Lewontin

In Memoriam: Dick Lewontin 1929-2021

July 6, 2021

It is with profound sadness that we share the news that our colleague Dick Lewontin died on Sunday, July 4th after a lengthy period of ill health. He was best known for his stellar population genetics work, and to those close to him, for his generosity and collegiality. He arrived at the MCZ in 1973, and held one of the Alexander Agassiz Professorships until 1998, and retired in 2003, but remained extremely active until his illness started a few years ago. We offer our condolences to his four sons and multiple grandchildren.

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Gonzalo Giribet named director of the MCZ

July 1, 2021

We are pleased to welcome the new director of the MCZ, Gonzalo Giribet. James Hanken is stepping down from the role after 20 years during which he was instrumental in modernizing the museum’s collection, teaching and research facilities; overseeing the recruitment of several outstanding faculty-curators; and spearheading several specimen databasing and digital imaging initiatives. We thank him for his passion for and unwavering dedication to the MCZ.  

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