Friday, April 3, 2015

In the News: Bells and Bones

Fig.1. The Campanile (Sather Tower) at the University of California, Berkeley isn't just a home for bells, but for fossilized bones as well (Credit: Tristan Harward, 2006)

This week in #FollowFriday, we learned that some fossils are kept in clock towers, the process behind zoo acquisitions, and that national parks were not originally meant for scientific study. Read these stories and more to go behind-the-scenes with collections and repositories:

  • How do zoos acquire their living collections? Institution type, animal genetics, government involvement, and FedEx all play a role in this complicated process: “How Zoos Acquire Endangered Species,” Scientific American (30 March 2015)

  • These “living laboratories” were never meant for scientific study, but are now unique and natural settings in which to research climate change, biodiversity, and conservation: “National Parks Act As Living Laboratories,” National Geographic (28 March 2015)

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