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EIGHT EXTRAORDINARY YEARS OF SCIENTIFIC TRAVEL: Alfred Russel Wallace’s Malay Archipelago

Saturday, November 8, 2:00 pm
Wallace's eight years of travel in Southeast Asia (1854–1862) greatly influenced his scientific thinking and resulted in the discovery of thousands of new species, as well as a wonderful account of his journeys, The Malay Archipelago. To celebrate the release of a new edition of this classic work, Andrew Berry will tell Wallace’s extraordinary story, discussing how the book originated and how it shaped future generations of scientific travel.

 
MUMMIES, MILDEWS, MANNA, AND MOSSES: Four Kingdoms under One Roof

Thursday, November 13, 6:00 pm
The Farlow Library and Herbarium of Cryptogamic Botany is steward of a world-class collection of books, archives, and specimens related to four different types of organisms—fungi, protista, plants, and monera—that play key roles in nature and society. Founded by William G. Farlow in the nineteenth century, the collection celebrates its 90th anniversary in 2014. Join mycologist Donald Pfister in an exploration of the history and impact of this unique Harvard collection.

 
BIRDS OF THE WORLD

Now on view
Boasting over 10,000 species, birds are the most diverse land vertebrates on the planet. In celebration of these beaked and feathered marvels, the museum will open the new Birds of the World gallery. On the balcony encircling the Great Mammal Hall, this bright, newly remodeled gallery features many hundreds of stunning specimens, representing over 200 different bird families. New exhibit displays reveal the very latest in scientific discoveries about the evolution of these modern dinosaurs.