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oVert

What is oVert? oVert, short for openVertebrate, is a new initiative to provide free, digital 3-D vertebrate anatomy models and data to researchers, educators, ...
A male Miami blue butterfly. Florida Museum of Natural History photo by Jaret Daniels

Grants help Miami blue butterfly conservation efforts

One of the most critically endangered butterflies in the U.S. is getting a little more help. In November 2016, Florida Museum researchers collected about 100 Miami blue eggs and larvae to continue the captive breeding program. Florida Museum of N...
A juvenile bull shark from the Indian River Lagoon. Florida Museum of Natural History photo by George Burgess

Shark scavenging helps reveal clues about human remains

Shark feeding habits are helping scientists identify marks on human bones found in the ocean. By analyzing shark scavenging behavior, the University of Florida’s C.A. Pound Human Identification Laboratory identified which marks were left behind by...
Hellbender

Young hellbenders need a kids’ menu

Juvenile hellbenders have a different diet than adults, a finding that could help improve conservation efforts of the giant aquatic salamanders. A study of diet...
Northern parula. Florida Museum of Natural History photo by Ryan Terrill

Migratory birds bumped off schedule as climate change shifts spring

New research shows climate change is altering the delicate seasonal clock that North American migratory songbirds rely on to successfully mate and raise healthy offspring, setting in motion a domino effect that could threaten the survival of many fam...
Miami blue conservation

Miami Blue Butterflies

Once common throughout coastal southern Florida, the Miami blue butterfly now ranks among North America’s rarest insects. While the main driver of the butter...