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Dyslexia, a learning disability that hinders reading, hasn't been associated with deficits in vision, hearing, or...
Exotic, elusive, and dangerous, snakes have fascinated humankind for millennia. They can be hard to find, yet their...
Researchers have sequenced and analyzed the first two snake genomes, which represent two evolutionary extremes. The...
Snake venoms are remarkably complex mixtures that can stun or kill prey within minutes. But more and more researchers...
At age 30, Dutch biologist Freek Vonk has built up a respectable career as a snake scientist. But in his home country,...
Since arriving on the island of Guam in the 1940s, the brown tree snake ( Boiga irregularis ) has extirpated native...
An animal rights group known as the Nonhuman Rights Project filed lawsuits in three New York courts this week in an...
Researchers have been hot on the trail of the elusive Denisovans, a type of ancient human known only by their DNA and...
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True Bug Aficionado
30 January 1997 (All day)
Today is the birthday of Charles De Geer, a Swedish entomologist born in 1720. De Geer was an ardent observer of insects, describing 1446 species. He was known for the accuracy of his drawings and was responsible for subdividing the Hemiptera, or "true bugs," which include such species as the firebug and green stinkbug. De Geer also raised awareness about the role of insects as pollen carriers.
[Source: Trevor I. Williams, Ed. A Biographical Dictionary of Scientists (John Wiley & Sons, ed. 3, New York, 1982).]