by William Sargent
With due regard to Anthony Fauci, horseshoe crabs are truly the unsung heroes of the pandemic.
SOURCE: Atlas Obscura
Although his voyage to the Galapagos is famous, much of Darwin's work on natural selection was based on correspondence with horticulturalists and naturalists who sent him samples from around the world. Cambridge University's libraries are at work to preserve that correspondence.
SOURCE: Washington Post
by David Farrier
Ice core samples from the Greenland shelf are a physical archive of the long sweep of human history, and demonstrate the connections of humanity's past and future.
The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has released its ten-year updates to its "normal" temperature standards. Based on 30 years of data, higher temperatures are indeed "the new normal."
Geologist Rebecca Flowers has recently published a paper that suggests cataclysimic events that separated eras in natural history may have taken place at different times globally.
SOURCE: The Conversation
Animals large and small once covered North America’s prairies – and in some places, they could again
by Joel Berger and Jon Beckmann
Today most of our nation’s prairies are covered with the amber waves of grain that Katharine Lee Bates lauded in “America the Beautiful,” written in 1895. But scientists know surprisingly little about today’s remnant biodiversity in the grasslands.
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