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Herbarium specimen sheets

What is a Herbarium?

Many folks seem to be under the mistaken impression that a herbarium is a place where herbs are grown. Herbarium specimen sheet, Sedum. Images by Florida Mu...
A male (top) and female coastal darter (Etheostoma colorosum).

Florida fishes book features live photos

Freshwater fishes in Florida are getting a close-up 60 years in the making. Florida Museum of Natural History ichthyologists have written a new book, “Fishes in the Fresh Waters of Florida,” to describe the freshwater and saltwater species found i...
comparing butterfly wings

Worker bees behind the scenes

Lab technicians instrumental in daily research operations As a vegan and animal lover, lab technician Samantha Epstein had always envisioned a future working w...
Amber collection

World’s oldest chameleon

Fossils preserved in amber provide evolutionary history These ancient amber fossils from Myanmar in Southeast Asia provide a look at “missing links” in the ev...
Museum doctoral examines a piece of marine shell made into an ornament.

Beyond the temples

Ancient bones reveal the lives of the Mayan working class Museum doctoral student Ashley Sharpe examines a piece of marine shell made into an ornament. The artifact was found near the ruins of houses belonging to working-class Maya people at the an...
Florida Museum of Natural History Ornithology Curator Dave Steadman

Thomas Farm: a prehistoric treasure

Places like the Hell Creek Formation in Montana and the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles echo famous prehistoric discoveries. But at the bottom of a sinkhole nea...