Genetics

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....
Doug Soltis studies the origin and evolution of flowering plants, plant genome evolution and the relationships between plants. Florida Museum of Natural History photo by Kristen Grace

Plant biologist Doug Soltis elected to National Academy of Sciences

Plant biologist Doug Soltis has been elected a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, an achievement considered one of the highest honors in American science. A distinguished professor and curator at the Florida Museum of Natural History...
boxes of multicolored moths

DNA barcodes help solve butterfly classification conundrums

Take a look at this box of butterflies. How many species do you see? How many species of butterflies are in this box? Take a guess. You might be tempted to divide them into those with “tails” on the lower wings and those without. Or you might ...
frog on clay pot

Behold, the ancient ones

Frogs date back more than 150 million years in the fossil record, and for centuries, the amphibians have been idolized and used in various ways by different cul...