Eggs of the 'Canard Sauvage', by A L Wirsing (1772) - detail

Nest eggs

31 March 2013 by

The cartoonish notion of nicotine-scavenging sparrows is brought irresistibly to mind by a recent (very serious) Biology Letters paper ‘Incorporation…

Podarcis sicula coerulea, from Theodor Eimer 'Zoologische Studien auf Capri: II' (1874)

Mediterranean blue

19 March 2013 by

It’s always nice to see an old friend, especially in an unexpected place. I was very pleased, therefore, and slightly…

‘The Dodo, and the Guinea Pig’ by George Edwards: plate 294 from 'Gleanings of Natural History' volume 2 (London, 1760).

The romantic Mr Edwards

13 February 2013 by

Treasure on the high seas in the swashbuckling days of the eighteenth century wasn’t always the usual boring chests of…