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[12.07.2017] Spectrum: Snake Special - Python, Viper, Anaconda & CoA visit of the Drachenwelt Reptile Park in the Rhine Valley and a talk to the "snake man" Dennis Rödder at the Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig - Leibniz Institute for Animal Biodiversity. Some topics are: why do we need the collections? How is climate change affecting the snakes? And what about a meeting with a 54 yeras old python.
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[31.05.2017] On Wednesday, 31st of May, the museum closes between noon (12:00) and 4 pm
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[23.05.2017] Two species of giant pill-millipedes, newly described from shrinking rainforest fragments in northern Madagascar show the importance of the sustainable use of isolated small forest patches in the tropics. The two new species were described with the help of micro-CT imaging and genetic barcoding. This is the first time these cutting-edge technologies helped in the description of millipedes from Madagascar.
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[22.05.2017] The angel shark family (Squatinidae) is the second most threatened group of sharks and rays in the world. The Angelshark (Squatina squatina) was once widespread throughout the Atlantic and Mediterranean Sea, however it has now almost disappeared throughout its natural range, mainly due to overfishing. Today, the Canary Islands is the last refuge for the Angelshark, but here too they are under threat. One key factor preventing effective conservation is lack of detailed scientific information about their ecology.
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[05.05.2017] Angelsharks have been eliminated throughout much of their historical range over the past century and are now listed as Critically Endangered by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species . However, the Angelshark is still frequently encountered in the Canary Islands, giving hope that this species can be saved from extinction.
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[06.03.2017] On the 8th of June 2017 Dr. Katarina Schmidt-Loske (Research Center of Historical Biology– Biohistoricum — at the Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig, Leibniz-Institute for Animal Biodiversity, Bonn) will give a lecture with the title "Pupa, chrysalis and cocoon". As an artist Maria Sibylla Merian documented a huge number of insect life cycles. They were published in her Raupenbücher (1679, 1683 and1717) and her Metamorphosis Insectorum Surinamensium (1705).
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[01.02.2017] starting 28.01.17: FRESHWATER - Life in Flow
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[18.01.2017] Scientists from Germany (Bonn) have discovered 127 new species of „Mini chafers“(a beetle group with the Latin name Sericini) from the Indian Subcontinent. The examined species were since decades in different collections of the world. After a study of nearly 20 years they were now named and described . In course of this long-term project it was for example also unveiled the identity of the mysterious Khomeini's beetle.
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[01.12.2016] An international team of scientists evaluated the performance of DNA barcoding and the barcode reference library applied to large-scale Malaise trap samples from two German sites over the span of one summer. The scientists conclude that such approaches could help in providing crucial knowledge of the insect biodiversity and its dynamics, as well as enable more efficient management of a habitat’s inventory. Their findings are published in the open access Biodiversity Data Journal.
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[18.11.2016] The diaphragm is unique to mammals and our most important respiratory muscle. Scientists at the University of Bonn and the Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig examined breathing in extinct caseids and came to the surprising conclusion that the diaphragm evolved about 50 million years earlier than previously assumed. The study just appeared in the “Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences”.
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