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Mammal Monday! North China Sika Deer (Cervus nippon mandarinus). #SciArt by Huet for Henri Milne-Edwards, Recherches sur les Mammifères, Vol. 2 Atlas (1868-74). Contributed for digitization by Smithsonian Libraries (@smithsonianlibraries).

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Exciting News, Tumblrs. It’s A My Public Lands Magazine! We’re excited to announce the release of the My Public Lands magazine, filled with little-known stories about the BLM-managed public lands that we all love. Taken together, the stories echo the BLM’s mission “to sustain the health, diversity and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future gen...

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The first experiments with snails ; By Schaffer, Jacob Christian, 1718-1790 Fridrich, JG, , Engraver. on Flickr. Publication info Regensburg: [sn], 1768-1769. BHL Collections: Smithsonian Libraries

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#GesnerDay! Happy Birthday, Conrad Gesner! Today is #GesnerDay, which marks the 501st anniversary of Conrad Gesner’s birth. Considered the founder of modern zoology, Gesner completed his five-volume work, Historia Animalium, cataloging the natural history of animals known during the Renaissance. Carol Linnaeus’s groundbreaking work in taxonomy would not come until 200 years later, which mak...

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