Raising Lazarus: the exoticism of extinction

Why do we want to bring extinct animals back from the dead? We already know how to play jiggsaw with genomes, roll out herds of clones, or store the biosphere's blueprints in gene banks, but resurrection or de-extinction is the ultimate reconstruction.

Disembodied birds: crafting the dodo and the birds of paradise in 17thC natural history

The Exoticorum libri decem (Ten books of exotics) (1605) was one of the first natural history works published in Europe dealing exclusively with novel exotic plants and animals. It was published by the scholar and naturalist Carolus Clusius (1526-1609), professor of botany at Leiden University, who's extensive network of merchants, scholars, collectors and apothecaries helped... Continue Reading →

Making monsters

What is it that monsters still do for us that makes them so popular and so persistent? Yes, monsters scare us, but why do they scare us?

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