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A Coleopterist Goes to War

In History, Science, Species Seekers on November 9, 2010 at 6:51 pm

Napolean’s first aide-de-camp, Col. Pierre Francois Marie Auguste Dejean, was also a coleopterist.  What was his specialty?

1.  He made precision rifle sights.

2.  He collected beetles.

3.  He was a battlefield engineer, adept at reading the land by studying the foliage.

4.  He designed a new form of artillery.



An Arctic Explorer and his Rather Large Find

In History, Science, Species Seekers, Uncategorized on November 9, 2010 at 8:28 am

In 1773, Capt. Constantine John Phipps, 2nd Baron Mulgrave took two ships on a voyage towards the North Pole.  What was the mission’s outcome?

1.  He found the Northwest Passage.

2.  He saw a polar bear.

3.  He was a spy and brought back early evidence of revolutionary sentiments in the American colonies.

4.  He had to be rescued from the ice.


Splitsville with Constantine Rafinesque

In History, Science, Species Seekers, Uncategorized on November 9, 2010 at 8:06 am

Constantine Rafinesque (1783-1840)was a notorious “splitter.”  What did he split?

1.  He split his specimens for easy storage.

2.  He split established species into several new species.

3.  He split wood.

4.  He split collections to sell to different museums.



In History, Uncategorized, Yale on November 6, 2010 at 9:16 am

Yale has lots of things packed away in the attic.  Which of these treasures is not in their collections?


1.  A rose kissed by Alice B. Toklas

2.  A piece of the True Cross

3.  Alfred Lord Tennyson’s hair

4.  William Howard Taft’s underpants