An Infinite Variety of Names

Despite a rich scientific heritage of environmental exploration and classification, we are still not much closer to understanding how many unique species populate our planet. Estimates vary widely from as little as 5 million up to 100 million, a staggering degree of difference. To reach these numbers, the majority of…

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Barcoding our Biodiversity

The natural world is a gallery of wonders. The huge variety of traits in fauna and flora became an obsession for seventeenth century colonial travellers, who catalogued and classified their new encounters, sending samples home to form large collections, such as those in the Oxford Museum of Natural History and…

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The Ancient Lake that Fertilises the Amazon

The Amazon Rainforest is one of Earth's most biodiverse locations, and recent evidence suggests that it is tightly coupled to one of the most barren. Using satellite observations, Saharan dust storms have been tracked across the Atlantic to the Caribbean and South America. A unique combination of geological and climatic…

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