Genetics

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...

Extinct tortoise yields oldest tropical DNA

The well-preserved skull of an extinct tortoise species. Florida Museum of Natural History photo courtesy of Nancy Albury An extinct tortoise species that a...
map shows snake locations in Florida

Researchers rename three state kingsnakes as separate species

Florida Museum of Natural History scientists have reclassified three types of kingsnakes found in the state, elevating them to species status. Fossil records and DNA analyses show the Florida kingsnake, eastern kingsnake and Eastern Apalachicola L...