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Paardenbloempluis

Researchers from Naturalis would like to know whether plants quickly adapt to rapidly changing environments, such as urbanization. They use the dandelion as a model for this. Their aim is to find answers to questions such as: is..


Continue reading 11 September 2021   1 week oud
De afbeelding toont een laat-Pleistoceen landschap met wolharige mammoeten, paardachtigen, een wolharige neushoorn en Europese holenleeuwen met een rendierkarkas.

The current Arctic region is a desolate place with sparse scrubs, barely enough to support roaming reindeer. Yet 50,000 years ago, in the Pleistocene, that picture was completely different: large herds of woolly mammoths and..


Continue reading 04 September 2021   2 wkn oud
Freshwater Watch

Earthwatch Europe is delighted to announce the roll-out of its FreshWater Watch programme to the Netherlands, thanks to support from Naturalis Biodiversity Center. FreshWater Watch is a global programme in which individuals and..


Continue reading 14 August 2021   1 maand oud
Lady beetle (Cycloneda sanguinea)

Last December, a beetle catalogue for the Dutch Caribbean was published. This voluminous paper provides the first critical review of the beetle species reported for the islands. Only about a fifth of the species which are likely..


Continue reading 04 August 2021   1 maand oud
Plocamopherus ocellatus

The sea slug Plocamopherus ocellatus is mainly known from observations in the Mediterranean Sea, which is not its natural habitat. Marine biologists examine this unusual species...


Continue reading 24 July 2021   1 maand oud
Ant (Leptogenys pubiceps)

Between 2015 and 2020, researchers from the Naturalis Biodiversity Center updated the local ant species lists for the Dutch Caribbean. A large number of new species was documented, including 40 new species on Saba and 32 new..


Continue reading 19 July 2021   2 mnd oud
The common Caribbean coral Porites astreoides was found on both the artificial and natural reef.

Manmade structures such as seawalls, breakwaters, and jetties are increasing in frequency in marine coastal environments. Overtime, these structures are unintentionally recruiting marine life such as corals, resulting in the..


Continue reading 04 July 2021   2 mnd oud

This summer, visitors to Naturalis can see something unique in the museum: a giant installation that will photograph tiny insects in detail...


Continue reading 20 June 2021   3 mnd oud

Mammal species on islands differ from those on the mainland. That is due to their isolation for hundreds of thousands or millions of years. In addition, there are no warm-blooded land predators, and the quantity of food is..


Continue reading 12 June 2021   3 mnd oud

The Netherlands Gemmological Laboratory received a unique pearl to examine: a black one. Black pearls are not that rare, but they usually originate from a pearl oyster. This one, however, did not...


Continue reading 09 June 2021   3 mnd oud

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