Are you shellebrating World Turtle Day? The yearly event aims to raise awareness about turtles and tortoises, along with the harmful impact human action can have on them. We have many resources on turtles, including some of the following sources of these wonderful turtle images:
1, 3: Naturgeschichte der Schildköten. Full title, D. Johann David Schöpfs königl. Preuss. hofraths … Naturgeschichte der Schildkröten : mit Abbildungen erläutert. (1792) by Johann David
2. North American herpetology.Full title, North American herpetology, or, A description of the reptiles inhabiting the United States, v.1 (1836) by John Edwards Holbrook.
4.Reptiles and birds. Full title,
Reptiles and birds. A popular account of the various orders; with a description of the habits and economy of the most interesting. (1873) by Louis Figuier.
5. Gemeinnüzzige Naturgeschichte des Thierreichs. Full title,
Gemeinnüzzige Naturgeschichte des Thierreichs : darinn die merkwürdigsten und nüzlichsten Thiere in systematischer Ordnung beschrieben und alle Geschlechter in Abbildungen nach der Natur vorgestellet werden, bd. 4(1788) by Georg Heinrich Borowski.
6. Thesaurus rerum naturalium. Full title, Locupletissimi rerum naturalium thesauri accurata descriptio, et iconibus artificiosissimis expressio, per universam physices historiam : opus, cui, in hoc rerum genere, nullum par exstitit.
(1734) by Albertus Seba.
More excellent scientific illustrations of turtles in the Biodiversity Heritage Library’s Flickr album, Turtles!
For those of you who take Halloween decoration to a specificity level that requires reference assistance, you can always call upon the entomological resources of the Biodiversity Heritage Library, which contains works like American Spiders and Their Spinningwork by Henry McCook (1889).
Flower grower’s guide(1898) d. 1 by Reverend John Wright is the source of these images of common spring flowers. Gertrude Hamilton and Marie Low are listed as the artists for the colored illustrations in Flower grower’s guide. It wasn’t uncommon for women to find work in illustration during the Victorian era, since artistic pursuits were considered acceptable for middle-class women who needed to work.
Find all six divisions of Flower grower’s guide in the Biodiversity Heritage Library, and see more natural history illustrations by women in the BHL’s extensive Flickr gallery on the subject, which contains many works from the Smithsonian Libraries.
Hey! Working in a museum is incredible because every specimen and artifact has a story - including those that ended up on the set for our new show, Natural News from The Field Museum! So we decided to give you a tour. Check it out to learn stuff, also to see me make awkward noises and just be who I am as a person
Micrographia - Robert Hooke, 1665.
This represents the first record of people using microscopes to study fossils. Hooke theorized how organic materials could turn to stone. Originally posted by Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Missouri Botanical Garden.
Here’s the deep dish on Harrison G. Dyar from @smithsonianlibraries - read up and then burrow into Dyar’s field notes in the Transcription Center. There are five sets of field notes from which to choose:
We are partnering with Smithsonian Libraries, the Field Book Project, Biodiversity Heritage Library, and Smithsonian Institution Archives to increase awareness of Dyar’s significance to entomology, as well as the importance of field notes and taxonomic literature.
Next week, National Museum of Natural History research associate Marc Epstein will share more details about Dyar’s specimens, life, and legacy - May 17 at 2:30 pm ET (UTC-5)