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Die Familie der Heliceen : vierte Abtheilung / von Dr. W. Kobelt

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Half title: Die Schnirkelschnecken nebst den zunächst verwandten Gattungen. Vierter Theil von Dr. L. Pfeiffer.

"In Verbindung mit Dr. Philippi, Dr. Pfeiffer, Dr. Dunker, Dr. Römer, Weinkauff, Clessin, Dr. Brot, Th. Löbbecke und Dr. v. Martens neu herausgegeben und vervollständigt von Dr. H.C. Küster, nach dessen Tode fortgesetzt von Dr. W. Kobelt."--Series t.p.

Plates numbered 162-228.

Cyperus sp.

NMNH - Botany Dept.

Hoffmannia sp.

NMNH - Botany Dept.

Saurauia pseudorubiformis Buscal.

NMNH - Botany Dept.
Syntype, according to Tropicos.

Further described in Malpighia 27:149. 1916.

Nectandra superba A.C. Sm.

NMNH - Botany Dept.

Nolina texana S. Watson

NMNH - Botany Dept.

Lepechinia glomerata Epling

NMNH - Botany Dept.

Phyllanthus longipes Steyerm., nom. illeg.

NMNH - Botany Dept.
Annotation label with "Gymnanthes tenuis Webster [nom. nov.] attached to specimen, but name published as Gymnanthes belizensis.

Crataegus cibaria Beadle

NMNH - Botany Dept.

Collema uviforme Hue

NMNH - Botany Dept.

Inga splendens Willd.

NMNH - Botany Dept.

Columella Of Triton Shell.

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.

Bombus (Pyrobombus) sylvicola Kirby

NMNH - Entomology Dept.

Bombus unidentified

NMNH - Entomology Dept.

Carex crawfordii Fernald

NMNH - Botany Dept.

Primary School Students in Scotland Gave Dead Goldfish a Viking Burial

Smithsonian Magazine

This past Christmas, class P3/4S at the Papdale Primary School in Kirkwall, Scotland, received two class pets: a pair of goldfish named Bubbles and Freddy. Alas, Bubbles and Freddy were not long for this world, and they recently passed away. When confronted by the merciless hand of Mother Nature, the students did not resort to the preferred method of dead goldfish disposal—which is to say flushing the critters down to a mucky grave in the public sewage system. Instead, the BBC reports, they gave Bubbles and Freddy a more dignified send-off, in the form of a Viking funeral.

The class had been learning about the Vikings and their belief system when Bubbles and Freddy departed from this Earth, and (if you subscribe to Viking lore) were carried off by Valkyries into Odin’s Hall of the Slain. “We decided to send our fish to Valhalla with a Viking-style burial in a Long Ship we made that day,” Papdale’s blog explains.

Working in teams, students made longships out of household items like egg cartons and tea boxes. Then they walked to a riverbank and read tributes to the deceased fish. (Sample: “Freddy had bright orange scales. He was very fat. This is because he nearly always was quickest to the pellets”.) When the eulogies concluded, a teacher waded into the water and set the goldfish’s resting place alight.

Funeral rites for noble Norsemen like Bubbles and Freddy were indeed grand affairs, replete with maritime symbolism. The most impressive example in this regard is arguably a large, 9th-century C.E. ship found buried in Oseberg, Norway. According to the Museum of Cultural History in Norway, the bodies of two women were discovered inside the ship, surrounded by luxurious gifts in 1903. Their identities remain unknown. Other longship burials have been discovered over the years, among them an 8.5-meter boat interred in Oslofjord, Norway. Professor of archaeology Neil Price writes on the British Museum blog that the remains of a man, two women, an infant, and several animals were laid to rest inside the boat. 

Rather than inhume Bubbles and Freddy, Papdale students opted for a funeral at sea. The egg carton longship floated best, the school writes in its blog. The one carrying the goldfish tipped over mid-funeral, but at least the children “enjoyed giving them a good send off to Valhalla,” according to the blog.

Rest in peace, Bubbles and Freddy. Rest in peace.

Periandra densiflora Benth.

NMNH - Botany Dept.

Maine Just Got the Nation’s Newest National Monument

Smithsonian Magazine

Since the National Park Service was founded 100 years ago, Maine has only had a single national park to call its own. But now, report Juliet Eilperin and Brady Dennis for The Washington Post, that could all change with the announcement of a new national monument that could eventually become the state’s second national park.

Today, President Obama created Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, an 87,500-acre swath of Maine forest and water in the state’s North Woods. The monument will protect a diverse area filled with some of Maine’s most beautiful land—a stretch of species-rich forest along the Penobscot River that was donated to the federal government by Roxanne Quimby, co-founder of Burt’s Bees.

At first blush, the transfer of wondrous natural land from an owner to the government might seem simple, but in this case it was anything but. Though the transaction itself went off without a hitch, the proposed exchange has been debated and fought for over a decade. As Nick Sambides Jr. reports for The Bangor Daily News, Quimby’s donation was opposed by everyone from state legislators to local sportspeople, who argued that the park represented a federal encroachment into the notoriously free-spirited state and that it might make it harder for hunters and fishers to access the area.

Quimby and her supporters had an ambitious vision: To turn the donated land into America’s newest national park and donate funds for the park’s operation, to boot. But the concept was loudly denounced by opponents. As Brady Dennis previously reported for the Post, Quimby was accused of closing off access to hunting and recreational use despite local custom and eventually she put her son, Lucas St. Clair, in charge of the effort. The proposal evolved into a national park and national recreation area instead—one that would allow mixed use and close off fewer of Maine’s timber resources. It gained traction via conservation groups and the support of local stakeholders like the Penobscot Nation, who originally inhabited the area.

President Obama’s designation, which the White House heralded in a press release as one that “will build upon the robust tradition of growing the park system through private philanthropy,” sidesteps the national park question by turning the area into a national monument. The less-prestigious designation has an ulterior motive: While sitting presidents can designate areas as national monuments under the American Antiquities Act of 1906, only an act of Congress can create a national park. Thus far, Obama has created or expanded more than two dozen national monuments and increased protected lands and waters in the United States by more than 265 million acres.

This move is expected to set the stage for Katahdin to become Maine’s second national park. As Eilperin and Dennis report, it could be the last such site on the East Coast. “It may be one of the last, large national parks that we see in our lifetime,” Theresa Pierno, president of the National Parks Conservation Association, told Eilperin and Dennis. That is, if it becomes a national park at all.

For now, though, it’s a monument—the only one within the National Park Service that will allow hunting, per a compromise provision attached to Quimby’s gift. There may have been strings attached, but for the thousands of campers, hikers and sportspeople who can now enjoy the parks (and the species who will be protected by the new designation), all that matters is that it's now designated.

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