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So called Indigenous, or Traditional Knowledge (ITK) is viewed by many western scientists with a combination of amusement and doubt, and almost always, implicit judgement. But what if we apply the methods of analysing ITK to western science? After all, western science began its long walk to hegemony as the folk knowledge of the peoples of the Mediterranean region. This exercise will likely prove both illuminating and humbling.
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Have you ever wondered about the specimens Biodiversity Institute scientists reference for research? During this special behind-the-scenes tour, you can look at our research collections of reptiles and amphibians from all over the world. UPDATE: This tour is now full. Please check back for other upcoming tours in October and in winter 2013.
Ontogeny of the bizarre: an osteological description of Pipe pipa (Anura: Pipidae), with an account of skeletal development in the species
The osteology and relationships of Pipa aspera (Amphibia: Anura: Pipidae), with notes on its natural history in French Guiana
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The small southeast Asian island archipelago of the Philippines is one of only two places on Earth designated by Conservation International as both a megadiverse nation and a global conservation hotspot. Drawing on examples from his 20 year history of biodiversity discovery and conservation work in the Philippines, herpetologist Rafe Brown will discuss the challenges faced by conservation biologists in a country where the diversity of animals and plants is still very poorly known to scientists.
Usually, your close relatives resemble you. Or at least they have the same number of limbs.
Prominent on the institute's new web site, biodiversity.ku.edu, are the research, collections and discoveries of its scientists and graduate students who explore and document the life of the planet.
The Biodiversity Institute has a new home on the web and a new site for the institute's Natural History Museum. Revamped websites for the Biodiversity Institute's research divisions, such as mammalogy, herpetology and botany, are also in development.
Cameron Siler, a doctoral student in ecology and evolutionary biology at KU, has a promising career as a conservation biologist and scientist. KU Science writer Brendan Lynch recently interviewed Siler about his research and fieldwork in the Philippines.