Wednesday, 27 August 2008
New Species Found in eBay Amber
A new species of aphid, Mindarus harringtoni, has been found in a piece of amber purchased form the auctions website eBay.
Before you all go off and buy as much amber as you can from the site though, remember that there are a lot of fakes for sale there too.
Read the BBC article here.
I work on projects related to technology and taxonomy at the Natural History Museum, and as an advisor for the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature. My interests are in entomology (stick insects, cockroaches and insect acoustics) and how technology can change the way research is done in biology and museums. Big fan of open access, open data and open hardware.
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