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Wed 15 Sep 2004

New FMNH webpage on Goose Barnacles

Category : research

04 Sep 2004 - Long-time friends of the Raffles Museum, Harold Voris & Bill Jeffries of the Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, announced yet another webpage resource from years of work in Southeast Asia.

This time, a new webpage is devoted to the biology of the goose barnacles of the genus Octolasmis - "the little fellows that attach themselves to sea snakes and crustaceans", Harold puts it.

There are sections on the biology, life cycle, evolutionary history, systematics, hosts, cyprid attachment, and a bibliography. The attendant papers published in various journals including the Raffles Bulletin of Zoology are attached as downloadable pdfs.

The URL is: http://www.fmnh.org/barnacles.

This follows earlier announcements of the pages, Aquatic Snakes of Southeast Asia and Pleistocene Sea Levels Maps of Southeast Asia.

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Wed 15 Sep 2004

The Value of Museum Collections

Category : resources

Suarez A.V. & N. D. Tsutsui, 2004. The Value of Museum Collections for Research and Society. BioScience, 54 (1): 66 - 74. [pdf]

Abstract - Many museums and academic institutions maintain first-rate collections of biological materials, ranging from preserved whole organisms to DNA libraries and cell lines.

These biological collections make innumerable contributions to science and society in areas as divergent as homeland security, public health and safety, monitoring of environmental change, and traditional taxonomy and systematics.

Moreover, these collections save governments and taxpayers many millions of dollars each year by effectively guiding government spending, preventing catastrophic events in public health and safety, eliminating redundancy, and securing natural and agricultural resources.

However, these contributions are widely underappreciated by the public and by policymakers, resulting in insufficient financial support for maintenance and improvement of biological collections.

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