Press releases

Molecular clock: age of volcanic island is redefined using geckos

19. December 2016 | Press Releases

Bavarian State Collection for Zoology Researchers from the Bavarian State Collection of Zoology, Munich, studied a gecko’s colonization of islands in the Western Indian Ocean. By applying molecular dating of a family tree of gecko species (“molecular clock”) they found that the volcanic island of Grand Comoro is likely much older than previously estimated based […]

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Thievish hoverfly steals prey from carnivorous sundews

4. May 2016 | Press Releases

Bavarian State Collection for Botany Hoverflies (also called flower flies), are conspicuous flower visitors of the dipteran family Syrphidae which often mimic the colouration of bees and wasps for protection, however they are totally stingless insects. The larvae (“maggots”) of most species are known to be beneficial organisms that feed on aphids and related insect […]

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Orientation in an ocean of data – more than a data portal

11. August 2015 | Press Releases

SNSB IT Center The project GFBio is funded with additional 5.8 million € by the ‚Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft‘ to continue the setup of a national data infrastructure in the field of biological and environmental sciences. Innovative research and new techniques in the field of environmental and ecosystem sciences not only lead to new understandings, but also […]

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Largest carnivorous sundew of the Americas discovered on Facebook

24. July 2015 | Press Releases

Bavarian State Collection for Botany An international team of botanists from Brazil, USA and the Botanische Staatssammlung München, Germany described a new species of carnivorous sundew (Drosera, Droseraceae), which was discovered on a not-so-remote mountain in Southeastern Brazil. The new species, which has been named Drosera magnifica (the magnificent sundew), turned out to be the […]

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With a crush: A Jurassic brother of the enigmatic tuataras

1. November 2012 | Press Releases

Bavarian State Collection for Palaeontology and Geology Tuataras are often regarded as a classic example of a living fossil. They are the last survivors of an ancient lineage, which is said to have lost the evolutionary struggle with the modern lizards. A new find from the Late Jurassic (c. 148 Ma ago) of southern Germany […]

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A hard nut to crack: the Evolution of the armored fishes

12. July 2012 | Press Releases

Bavarian State Collection for Palaeontology and Geology They ruled the oceans when the dinosaurs populated the continents: the armored fishes, members of the bony fishes that were armored with hard bony scales, the surface of which was covered with ganoin, a hard calcified substance resembling the teeth’s enamel, which reached up to one centimeter thick […]

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Fluffy, but no less dangerous: A new, juvenile predatory dinosaur from Bavaria

2. July 2012 | Press Releases

Bavarian State Collection for Palaeontology and Geology Most of us grew up with an image of dinosaurs that was dominated by the “Jurassic Park” movies or documentaries such as “walking with dinosaurs” – dinosaurs were large, though active, reptiles with scaly skin, their outer appearance resembling overgrown lizards or crocodiles. Finds of feathered, bird-like predatory […]

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Rivaling the World’s smallest Reptiles: New tiny Chameleons discovered in Madagascar

15. February 2012 | Press Releases

Bavarian State Collection for Zoology Madagascar is famous for its high levels of species diversity and endemism. Almost 300 species of frogs and approximately 400 species of reptiles live in the rainforests, mountains and arid areas of the island, and new species are regularly discovered. More than 40% of the 193 named chameleon species occur […]

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