Cabinets of curiosities (a.k.a. Wunderkammer) were encyclopedic collections kept by people in the Renaissance, containing objects from natural history, archaeology and art. They were the predecessors of modern museum collections.
Here I present some curious animals and stories that emerged from my research.
Some snails received very strange scientific names in my hands.
See how and why by clicking [HERE].
Releasing the Kraken
The giant sea monster that terrorized sailors in northern Europe was actually based on sightings of the giant squid, Architeuthis.
You can learn more about the history and mythology of the Kraken and about the biology of Architeuthis by clicking [HERE].
The birds of James Bond
Few know that the name of the superspy actually came from an ornithologist working on the Caribbean. Ian Fleming, an enthusiastic bridwatcher, named his character after this scientist.
See how that came to be [HERE].
Mollusks on postage stamps
The beauty of molluscan shells have been capturing people’s fancy since prehistory, so it’s not so strange to find them well represented in worldwide postage stamps. Almost from the start of Philately (in 1840), mollusks began to appear on stamps – the first one dates from 1859.
Brazil was the third country to adopt the revolutionary postal system and thus has a long philatelic history. It is also a megadiverse country, with thousands of molluscan species. This work [HERE] focuses on the mollusks that appear on Brazilian postage stamps.
World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity
“Since 1992 (…) humanity has failed to make sufficient progress in generally solving these foreseen environmental challenges, and alarmingly, most of them are getting far worse.”
I was one of the signatories for this second take of the scientists’ manifesto. Read the whole thing [HERE].