Species Discoveries

A researcher holds the newly described manakin species, Machaeropterus eckelberryi, during a 1996 expedition to Peru. Florida Museum photo by Andy Kratter

New Peruvian bird species discovered by its song

A new species of bird from the heart of Peru remained undetected for years until researchers identified it by its unique song. A researcher holds the newly described manakin species, Machaeropterus eckelberryi, during a 1996 expedition to Peru. F...
researchers collecting fish

Rain & Loaches in Thailand

Collecting in the field can run the gamut from spending a beautiful day walking along a pristine river to being shot at for getting too close to protected land....

George Washington’s little buttercup

How an extinct ancestor of buttercups and poppies is helping solve Darwin’s 'abominable mystery' An ancient relative of buttercups, the new genus and species Vernifolium tenuiloba was originally found on George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate in t...
By infusing a specimen with iodine and using a micro-CT scanner, Florida Museum researcher David Blackburn is able to view the nervous system of the Burundi screeching frog, Arthroleptis schubotzi.

What lies within

New micro-CT scanner allows inside view of even the tiniest fossils Infusing a specimen with iodine allows researchers using a micro-CT scanner to view the nervous system of the Burundi screeching frog, Arthroleptis schubotzi. Florida Museum of Na...
A new study describes six new species of African clawed frogs, including Xenopus mellotropicalis, pictured here.

Six new African clawed-frog species discovered

A new study describes six new species of African clawed frogs, including Xenopus mellotropicalis,  pictured here in Gabon, Central Africa. Photo courtesy of Br...