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Elephant Impostor Actually African
2013-11-06 10:00:57

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists using modern techniques to analyze ancient DNA and proteins determined that a 300-year-old Asian elephant is actually an African elephant. The team wrote in their study, which appeared in the Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, that this ancient specimen is likely the remains of a famous performing elephant from the 1600s that went by the name of Hansken. Carl Linnaeus was the first to name elephants as a species...

New Weevil Genus Discovered
2013-07-25 10:36:10

Pensoft Publishers The new weevil genus was discovered during a routine study of some weevil specimens collected by the Swedish botanist and entomologist Carl Peter Thunberg, a disciple of Carl Linnaeus, during his trips in the then Cape Colony of the Dutch East India Company (now Cape Town, South Africa). The study revealed one tiny specimen measuring barely 1.8mm belonging to an hitherto unknown genus. This specimen was collected between 16 April 1772 and 2 March 1775 or when Thunberg...

2011-12-22 12:24:56

In a major effort to speed up the process of officially recognizing new plant species, botanists will no longer be required to provide Latin descriptions of new species, and publication in online academic journals and books will be considered as valid as print publication. The new rules, which were approved at a nomenclature conference held in conjunction with the International Botanical Congress in July, become effective January 1, 2012. They overturn longstanding historical requirements...

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2009-08-27 14:50:00

Researchers at Uppsala University has succeeded in extracting long DNA fragments from dried, pressed plant material collected in the 1700s by Linnaeus' apprentice Adam Afzelius. It is hoped that the study, led by Associate Professor Katarina Andreasen, will shed light on whether plants growing today at Linnaeus' Hammarby estate outside Uppsala reflect the species cultivated by Linnaeus himself.A large number of plants of uncertain provenance grow at Carl Linnaeus' Hammarby estate, a museum...

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2007-05-23 03:00:00

By Michael McCarthy Happy anniversary: the man who gave us the key to the natural world was born 300 years ago today. Carl Linnaeus, who created the system of scientific names that we still use for all living things, began life in a turf-roofed farmstead in southern Sweden on 23 May, 1707. If Hamlet is the world's most famous Dane, Linnaeus is the world's most famous Swede, surpassing in renown even the warrior- king Gustavus Adolphus, Strindberg, Ingmar Bergman and Abba. His face has...


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toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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