Life on Earth

eagle being prepared

#MuseumLife, Bald Eagle Specimen

Bald eagle Scientific name: Haliaeetus leucocephalus Specimen: UF-O-52443 Although bald eagles were on the brink of extinction due to habitat loss and im...
large clown knifefish

Florida Invasive Species: Clown Knifefish

The Clown Knifefish, Chitala ornata, is native to Indochina, but has been found in South Florida starting in the 1990s. It is established in Palm Beach and poss...
drawer of mussel shells

#MolluskMonday, Unionidae or river mussels

Unionidae is a family of freshwater mussels with a global range. There are about 300 recognized species in North America alone. They’re also called river mussel...

At last, butterflies get a bigger, better evolutionary tree

For hundreds of years, butterfly collecting has often inspired a special kind of fanaticism, spurring lengthy expeditions, sparking rivalries and prompting some collectors to risk their fortunes and skins in their quest for the next elusive specimen....
diagram of related individuals

A new look at kinship

The Florida Museum's Bill Keegan, curator of Caribbean Archaeology, co-authored a paper asking bioarchaeologists to reevaluate traditional assumptions about kin...
yellow-bellied sea snake

Why are there no sea snakes in the Atlantic?

Sea snakes are an evolutionary success story. With about 70 species, they’re the most diverse reptile group in the ocean, outnumbering sea turtle species 10-to-...