Francisco Newton (1864-1909) was a Portuguese naturalist who is in particular known for his large plant and animal collections in Angola and for his two expeditions to the Gulf of Guinea (where he discovered one of he rarest birds in the world, the São Tomé grosbeak). I wonder that are two...
Taxonomic implications of the original illustrations of Prosobonia from Tahiti and Moorea made during the second and third Cook expeditions
Justin J. F. J. Jansen, Pepijn Kamminga, Marc Argeloo
Two extinct taxa, Moorea Sandpiper Prosobonia ellisi and Tahiti Sandpiper P. leucoptera...
Manegold, Albrecht and Hutterer, Rainer. (2021). First substantial evidence for Old World vultures (Aegypiinae, Accipitridae) from the early Palaeolithic and Iberomaurusian of Morocco. PalZ. doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/s12542-021-00548-9
This was once a famous German book on palaeornithology. It was published by Hungarian paleontologist Kálmán Lambrecht in 1933 and gives a good overview on the palaeornithological knowledge of that time. Thanks to Fred Ruhe who posted the link in another thread you have now the possibility to...
Ancient graphical representations can provide insights into ancient contemporaneous fauna.
Identification of taxa by objective approaches may reduce bias and uncertainty.
The ‘Tobias criteria’ quantitatively delimits avian species.
Taxa evaluated from the ancient Egyptian...
If someone has access to this article please let me know it
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Unsuccessful search for Trias’s Greenfinch on La Palma, Canary Islands, in August 2018
It is interesting to see how long and often racist names might be in use. The name Hottentot teal is probably better known than the non-racist name Blue-billed teal. Or take the Hottentot Buttonquail whose alternative name Fynbos buttonquail is much lesser used in particular in older bird...
Are there any information or life data on aviculturist Marion A. Johnstone. What's her second name? I wonder that the Eponym Dictionary of Birds claimed that she was well known but otherwise almost nothing is found on her in the internet.
A new Bryde's whale‐like species is described from the Gulf of Mexico
A new species of baleen whale (Balaenoptera) from the Gulf of Mexico, with a review of its geographic distribution.
Rice's whale Balaenoptera ricei sp. nov.
In a few days I will got my last book of 2020. (Birds of the Philippines by David Allen). In general I have bought 43 books this year (not only bird or nature related). Among the non novelties are Kadimakara by Gerald van Tets, Return of the Phasmid by Rick Wilkinson, Glimpses of Paradise by...
Interesting hint from the SAPE Newsletter 34
Paul Carié (1876-1930) was a Mauritian industrialist and naturalist of French descent, who was affiliated with various French scientific societies and carried out research on many aspects of the zoology of the Mascarene islands. However, his work on...
Here is another mysterious case of a bird which is only by anecdotal reports but seemingly not by a fossil record:
"Bermuda historically had a species of crow that was considered endemic to the islands; however it was exterminated during the early years of human colonization (Wingate, 1975a...
Systematics and distribution of the living and fossil small barn owls of the West Indies (Aves: Strigiformes: Tytonidae)
WILLIAM SUÁREZ, STORRS L. OLSON
After reviewing the systematics and distribution of the living and fossil small West Indian taxa of Tytonidae (Tyto), we reached the...
This case shows that not even the last paradises are save
Mauritius declares environmental emergency after oil spill
Grallaria gravesi is the first bird taxon dedicated to Gary R. Graves, known for his descriptions of several neotropical bird species (e.g. Heliangelus zusii). Would be to great to know his birth date and birth place.
The German journal Vogelwarte from the German Ornithologists' Society will publish an up to date list of German vernacular names of all known bird species in its 58th issue (due in June 2020). This is in so far good as there were several splits, lumps and new descriptions after the publishing of...