The Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig

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[23.07.2020] Along rivers and streams around the world, mayflies are a rite of spring. The small insects lead double lives, with the young thriving in water and the adults emerging around June for just a few hours to mate and quickly die. Because of their sheer numbers, mayflies are important food for birds, fish, and mammals. They spend most of their lives underwater.
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[20.07.2020] One confirmed and 13 potential Angelshark nursery areas have been identified around the Canary Island archipelago, with data used to develop a Guidance Document to better protect important habitats of this Critically Endangered species. The study has just been published in Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems. The Guidance Document, released alongside the publication, can be downloaded from www.angelsharkproject.com/nurseryareas. Press Release: 12:00 midday (CET), 16 July 2020 Media Contact: Español: David Jiménez Alvarado, David.jimenezlavarado@gmail.com , tel.
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[21.06.2020] The Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig Leibniz Institute for Animal Biodiversity (ZFMK, Museum Koenig) presents a new exhibition of unique dinosaur skeletons from September 28, 2019 to June 21, 2020. For the first time ever, dinosaur skeltons from Europe will be shown in cooperation with the dinosaur museum Aahtal near Zurich. Highlight is the 27 m long original skeleton of the sauropod "Arapahoe", the longest original skeleton of a dinosaur in Europe.
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[26.05.2020] (Bonn, 26.05. 2020) Scientists from Bonn, in collaboration with colleagues from Munich, Cologne and Bremen, discovered peculiar spiny bones in the skin of a Malagasy leaf chameleon. These bones grow within the skin along the animal‘s flanks and legs and are assumed to spoil the appetite of predators. The results are now published in the "Journal of Morphology".
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[09.04.2020] Bonn is worth a trip for sure - one reason are the unique exhibitions of the Museum Koenig. Unfortunately the museum is closed and you have to wait until the exhibitons open again.
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[13.03.2020] All events of the series "We read aloud" and the evening lectures are cancelled until further notice.
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[20.02.2020] Due to an internal event the Museum Koenig is closed on Thursday, 12th of March 2020.In return we will grant free admission on 13th of March 2020.
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[20.11.2019] A team of 24 scientists from Germany (predominantly from the Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig - Leibniz Institute for Animal Biodiversity), Australia, China, and the USA have explored the phylogeny and evolution of beetles using genomic data of an unprecedented scale: 4,818 genes for 146 species, and 89 genes for 521 species representing all major lineages.
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[23.10.2019] A new study examines these classic hypotheses by shining a light on the early history of Lepidoptera, the order that includes moths and butterflies. Using the largest-ever data set assembled for the group, an international team of researchers created an evolutionary family tree for Lepidoptera and used fossils to estimate when moths and butterflies evolved key traits. Their findings show that flowering plants did drive much of these insects' diversity.
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[15.10.2019] The Bonn zoologist Jan Decher and his team collected bats during an environmental impact assessment in a rainforest in Guinea in 2008, which have now been described by a group of authors from Bonn and Eswatini as part of a revision as a new genus and species Parahypsugo happoldorum.
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