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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...
jeweled topsnail

Museum reaches 500,000 digitized mollusks online, largest worldwide

The Florida Museum of Natural History recently surpassed half a million cataloged mollusk specimen records in its online database, making it the world’s largest digitally accessible collection for the shellfish group. This jeweled topsnail, Calli...
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 ar...