Category Archives: conservation

Something rather beautiful

As the 2012 transit of Venus draws close, it marks the culmination of five years hard work for one Australian artist. Lynette Wallworth’s film, Coral: Rekindling Venus, will begin screening in 24 venues around the world on June 5, to

Something rather beautiful

As the 2012 transit of Venus draws close, it marks the culmination of five years hard work for one Australian artist. Lynette Wallworth’s film, Coral: Rekindling Venus, will begin screening in 24 venues around the world on June 5, to

Strelitzia reginae, Robert Thornton, New illustration of the sexual system of Carolus von Linnaeus, Carl Linnaeus, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell

Historical botanical illustration of the day

Yesterday, to coincide with the 305th anniversary of the birth of celebrated Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus, the Biodiversity Heritage Library released The Carl Linnaeus Collection, its latest series of titles via iTunes U. Linnaeus laid the foundations for the way

Strelitzia reginae, Robert Thornton, New illustration of the sexual system of Carolus von Linnaeus, Carl Linnaeus, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell

Historical botanical illustration of the day

Yesterday, to coincide with the 305th anniversary of the birth of celebrated Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus, the Biodiversity Heritage Library released The Carl Linnaeus Collection, its latest series of titles via iTunes U. Linnaeus laid the foundations for the way

Map of Life, biodiversity, conservation, nature, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell

Map of Life goes live

Map of Life – an interactive resource for global biodiversity analysis – launches today, promising a new era in the visualization of species distribution, reports Nature. Funded in part by the US National Science Foundation, the site will soon allow users

Map of Life, biodiversity, conservation, nature, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell

Map of Life goes live

Map of Life – an interactive resource for global biodiversity analysis – launches today, promising a new era in the visualization of species distribution, reports Nature. Funded in part by the US National Science Foundation, the site will soon allow users

botany, Joseph Banks, Sydney Parkinson, florilegium, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, transit of Venus,

Expert botanists – an endangered species

International science journal Nature has published an article called Superstars of botany: Rare specimens, explaining how a handful of plant hunters has shaped the field over the past 200 years and warning that such experts are now in danger of

botany, Joseph Banks, Sydney Parkinson, florilegium, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, transit of Venus,

Expert botanists – an endangered species

International science journal Nature has published an article called Superstars of botany: Rare specimens, explaining how a handful of plant hunters has shaped the field over the past 200 years and warning that such experts are now in danger of

Wow! A real life mermaid! Sort of

Discovery Channel may have failed to find a real mermaid, but here’s one – or at least someone who describes herself as the world’s first freelance professional mermaid. Hannah Fraser has been fascinated by the mermaid myth since she was

Wow! A real life mermaid! Sort of

Discovery Channel may have failed to find a real mermaid, but here’s one – or at least someone who describes herself as the world’s first freelance professional mermaid. Hannah Fraser has been fascinated by the mermaid myth since she was

Natural History Museum, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell, conservation, biodiversity

Mission to map 10 million species in 50 years

Some 18,000 new plant and animal species are discovered each year, but this number is dwarfed by the estimated 10 million more species yet discovered. A group of scientists argues, however, that this could be achieved in just 50 years

Natural History Museum, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell, conservation, biodiversity

Mission to map 10 million species in 50 years

Some 18,000 new plant and animal species are discovered each year, but this number is dwarfed by the estimated 10 million more species yet discovered. A group of scientists argues, however, that this could be achieved in just 50 years

Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, transit of Venus, Natalie Waddell, Joseph Banks, Daniel Solander, Sydney Parkinson,

Historical botanical illustration of the day

Clianthus, commonly known as Kakabeak (Kowhai ngutukaka in Maori), is a plant genus comprising two species of woody legume shrubs native to New Zealand. They have striking clusters of red flowers which resemble the beak of the Kaka, a New

Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, transit of Venus, Natalie Waddell, Joseph Banks, Daniel Solander, Sydney Parkinson,

Historical botanical illustration of the day

Clianthus, commonly known as Kakabeak (Kowhai ngutukaka in Maori), is a plant genus comprising two species of woody legume shrubs native to New Zealand. They have striking clusters of red flowers which resemble the beak of the Kaka, a New

Linnaeus, botany, florilegium, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium

Rethinking the origin of ‘species’

In the 250 years since Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus formalised the taxonomic method of naming species, there have been a number of discoveries which some argue mean a better definition is now required. Originally, ‘species’ (meaning ‘kind’ or ‘sort’ in

Linnaeus, botany, florilegium, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium

Rethinking the origin of ‘species’

In the 250 years since Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus formalised the taxonomic method of naming species, there have been a number of discoveries which some argue mean a better definition is now required. Originally, ‘species’ (meaning ‘kind’ or ‘sort’ in

Meet the 20,000 new species we discovered in a single year

“As the number of species increases, so too does our understanding of the biosphere. It is through knowledge of the unique attributes of species that we illuminate the origin and evolutionary history of life on our planet. “As we find out

Meet the 20,000 new species we discovered in a single year

“As the number of species increases, so too does our understanding of the biosphere. It is through knowledge of the unique attributes of species that we illuminate the origin and evolutionary history of life on our planet. “As we find out

Taxing times for taxonomy

In Darwin’s day, biologists travelled the world to identify and classify plants and animals. They collected specimens and named them, grouping them in related categories to show how life on Earth is organised. But today, support for taxonomy – the

Taxing times for taxonomy

In Darwin’s day, biologists travelled the world to identify and classify plants and animals. They collected specimens and named them, grouping them in related categories to show how life on Earth is organised. But today, support for taxonomy – the