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Researchers have been hot on the trail of the elusive Denisovans, a type of ancient human known only by their DNA and...
Thousands of scientists in the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) are about to lose their jobs as a result of the...
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...
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Bitten by the Flea Bug
5 August 1997 7:00 pm
Today is the 89th birthday of naturalist Miriam Rothschild, a self-trained English naturalist and the world's foremost authority on fleas. Rothschild had no formal education growing up, but learned about insects from her zoologist father and an uncle who was an avid specimen collector. As a teenager, she studied marine life, particularly parasites that plague mollusks. During World War II, Rothschild worked on the British Enigma project, a secret effort to crack the German code.
Rothschild is best known for her research on fleas--explaining how they reproduce, choose their hosts, and leap enormous distances. This work was consolidated into six volumes and took 20 years to complete. Rothschild also worked with Nobel Prize-winner Tadeus Reichstein on research showing how monarch butterflies are protected from predators because of the chemicals, called glycosides, they ingest in milkweed.
[Source: Emily McMurray, Ed., Notable Twentieth Century Scientists (Gale Research Inc., ITP, 1995).]