In 2015, Christopher Filardi of the American Museum of Natural History found, documented, and photographed the first ever male moustached kingfisher, an elusive bird living only on the Solomon Islands. He sparked controversy when he then decided to kill and collect the bird. Did he make the right choice?
Historically, scientific efforts to learn about new animals relied heavily on collecting specimen – sometimes, to an extreme. For instance, the great auk, a penguin-like flightless bird that lived along the coasts of the north Atlantic, went extinct in 1844. The great auk was over hunted, and its rarity only made...READ MORE
Unlike in most mystery novels, a murder wasn’t incriminated after Lucy’s bones were found.
Archaeologists discovered one of the most famous examples of our early ancestors the Australopithecus afarensis, dubbed Lucy, in Hadar, Ethiopia. The story goes like this: in 1974, the archaeologist Donald Johanson spotted something poking out of the sand in a gully that had already been excavated. Upon further inspection, the Johanson and his team immediately realized that the there were humanlike bones on the site and more than just one. 162 bones later, listening to the Beatles song “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” on repeat, they.. READ MORE