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Message from SHNH President November 2010

Council met recently (28 October) and there are a number of things to report.  I am delighted to announce that Council has nominated our distinguished patron, Sir David Attenborough, for the Society’s Founders’ Medal. The Biodiversity Heritage Library, represented by Tom Garnett, has been awarded the John Thackray Medal. Twelve major natural history museum libraries, […]

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Researchers Explore Evolution of World’s Mammals Over the Past 100 Million Years

Researchers have demon­strated that the extinc­tion of dinosaurs 65 mil­lion years ago paved the way for mam­mals to get big­ger — about a thou­sand times big­ger than they had been. The study titled, “The Evo­lu­tion of Max­i­mum Body Size of Ter­res­trial Mam­mals,” released today in the pres­ti­gious jour­nal Sci­ence, is the first to quan­ti­ta­tively explore […]

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Sir Hans Sloane Correspondence online

"Sir Hans Sloane’s Correspondence Online" website has been launched. The pilot project allows you to search over 1,400 letters addressed to the physician, scientist and collector, Sir Hans Sloane (1660-1753). The letters cover a wide variety of subjects, from medical cases and scholarly disputes to travel or collecting. Most of the letters are in English, […]

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Ancient seaweed is living fossil

By Matt Walker, Editor, Earth News Ancient seaweed that have been found growing in the deep sea are "living fossils", researchers have reported. The two types of seaweed, which grow more than 200m underwater, represent previously unrecognised ancient forms of algae, say the scientists. As such, the algae could belong to the earliest of all […]

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British Society for the History of Science Dingle Prize 2011

The British Society for the History of Science invites book nominations for the 2011 Dingle Prize. In keeping with the Society’s concern to communicate history of science to broad audiences, the 2011 Dingle Prize will be offered for the best book in the history of science, technology, and medicine, first published in English in 2009 […]

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Celebrating the 350th anniversary of John Ray’s Catalogue of Cambridge Plants, 1660: the first English “County Flora”, 3 November 2010

The Joint meeting between the Society for the History of Natural History and the Ray Society to celebrate the 350th anniversary of John Ray’s Catalogue of Cambridge Plants, 1660: the first English “County Flora” took place in Cambridge University Library, on Wednesday 3rd November 2010.  The Morison room provided an ideal venue for the event, giving […]

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Global GREEN AWARDS™ 2010

Our patron Sir David Attenborough CBE will be attending the 5th Annual GREEN AWARDS to accept the inaugural green ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ for his committed efforts to broaden public understanding of environmental issues. The gala dinner takes place on 2nd December 2010 at the Natural History Museum, South Kensington, London. This year, the global GREEN […]

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The CHOCOLATE CONNECTION: Hans Sloane & Jamaica Press Release

Lloyd Library and Museum partners with the Art Academy of Cincinnati to announce The CHOCOLATE CONNECTION: Hans Sloane & Jamaica November 6, 2010 through January 31, 2011 Press Release for immediate release 20 October 2010 The Lloyd Library and Museum proudly announces its Fall/Winter exhibits. The CHOCOLATE CONNECTION: Hans Sloane & Jamaica, a rare and […]

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