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…

Dining on ectoplasm

24 December 2012 by

 The nights are growing darker and Christmas is the traditional time for a good ghost story. So gather round my…

Psyche’s daughters

15 November 2012 by

The recent Royal Society wiki edit-a-thon on ‘Women in Science’ was very successful in improving the records of 20th century scientists…