Save the date, 26-31 July: #BlackBotanistsWeek2021

Save the date, 26-31 July: #BlackBotanistsWeek2021

According to their website, Black Botanists Week is a celebration of Black people who love plants. This plant love manifests in many ways ranging from tropical field ecologist to plant geneticist, from horticulturalist to botanical illustrator. Some of which we have...

Surveying Ukhahlamba Drakensberg

Dr Thembeka Nxele, KwaZulu-Natal Museum KZN Museum staff doing a survey at Hillside nursery Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife have a project where they are eradicating invasive alien species in all of their parks. Alien plants are being removed and replaced with indigenous...

2021/22 Institutional Outputs

Shanelle Ribeiro, NSCF Hub Institutional outputs for the first quarter (April to June) of the financial year were reported as follows: Comparison of outputs Quarter 4 of 2020/21 and Quarter 1 of 2021/22 The comparison shows that most outputs increased, except for the...
The story of the discovery of the Taung Skull

The story of the discovery of the Taung Skull

Bernhard Zipfel, Photographic Competition Second Runner-up: The most iconic specimen Taung is a village situated in the North West Province approximately 80 km North of Kimberley. In 1924 Taung was the site of a limestone quarry. Limestone has many different uses. For...
Old Fourlegs

Old Fourlegs

Louanne Kirton, Photographic Competition Second Runner-up: The ugliest specimen On 22 December 1938, Marjorie Courtenay-Latimer, the Curator of the East London Museum, received a call from the Captain of the Nerine fishing trawler, Hendrik Goosen. He had just returned...
TDWG 2021

TDWG 2021

Early registration now open Register now for TDWG 2021, the virtual conference of Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG), to be held 18–22 October. Register by 1 August 2021 (UTC-4) to qualify for this $50 early registration discount. Special discounts are in place...
Super Cool Mosquitoes

Super Cool Mosquitoes

A Culex univittatus under magnification, one of the arbovirus vectors in South Africa. Loki Snyman, Durban Natural Science Museum Finally, after a long waiting period, punctuated by administrative rushing, the NSFC-sponsored -80˚C ultra-low freezer arrived at the...
Why you need Jack in your life: 101 reasons

Why you need Jack in your life: 101 reasons

Maxine Manickum, Photographic Competition First Runner-up: The ugliest specimen If you were given one minute to describe this specimen, what would you say?What you see is not what you get. The dried specimen is deceiving, the actual fruit skin is yellow or green in...