Sand Fleas and Other Flaws

Sand-flies a flying, or sand fleas a fleeingI shan’t discuss; I’d rather be freeingMy mind on more weighty affairs and things,Like angels’ wings and serpents’ and spiders’ stings. Arthur Clifford Hawes, 1893, The Muse Poetic: In Eight Cantos (Canto III, XXIII) Unlike Arthur Clifford Hawes who wrote the poem above, I feel a pressing need…

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What’s in a Name: Shrimp

Shrimp! So, here’s me, an invertebrate paleontologist, thinking I know, I’ll write a blog about shrimp, or more specifically a blog about animals we call shrimp but aren’t. You know, quickly explain what makes a shrimp a shrimp, throw in a quick gif from the movie “Forrest Gump,” and then ramble on about non-shrimps. But…

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The Trouble with Gribbles

What are gribbles? WHY are gribbles? Are they important? Who cares? We cover all that and more!

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Extra, extra, read all about it!

FAKE NEWS! FAKE NEWS! But, stay tuned for more about these very real tiny crustaceans. Coming soon to our blog. Near you. Wherever you are. 

The NMI Unit’s picks for best holiday movies and books

It’s that time of year: a chance to reflect on the last 12 months, and for many of us, quality time with family and/or friends, and lots of good food. (Unless you are Bronwyn, in which case you are in your office, reveling in having no one around…bah, humbug!) It is also an opportunity to…

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