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Recent Publications - June

Posted by C Lowry Jun 20, 2012

Publications for the previous 4 weeks (Search done 14th May)

(Search on the basis of ‘Nat SAME Hist SAME Mus* SAME Lon* in Web of Science + NHM TRING publications)




BLAND, P.A., Spurny, P., Bevan, A.W.R., HOWARD, K.T., Towner, M.C., BENEDIX, G.K., Greenwood, R.C., Shrbeny, L., Franchi, I.A., Deacon, G., Borovicka, J., Ceplecha, Z., Vaughan, D. & Hough, R.M. 2012. The Australian Desert Fireball Network: a new era for planetary science. Australian Journal of Earth Sciences, 59(2): 177-187.     (C)     [Scientific Associate, Core funded]

Diedrich, T., DYBOWSKA, A., Schott, J., VALSAMI-JONES, E. & Oelkers, E.H. 2012. The Dissolution Rates of SiO2 Nanoparticles As a Function of Particle Size. Environmental Science & Technology, 46(9): 4909-4915.     (C)     [Core funded]

Lovesey, S.W., KNIGHT, K.S., Detlefs, C., Huang, S.W., Scagnoli, V. & Staub, U. 2012. Acentric magnetic and optical properties of chalcopyrite (CuFeS2). Journal of Physics-Condensed Matter, 24(21): DOI: 10.1088/0953-8984/24/21/216001.     (C)     [Scientific Associate]

MICHALSKI, J. & Niles, P.B. 2012. Atmospheric origin of Martian interior layered deposits: Links to climate change and the global sulfur cycle. Geology, 40(5): 419-422.     (C)     [Externaly funded (Marie Curie Fellow)]

Srama, R., Kruger, H., Yamaguchi, T., Stephan, T., Burchell, M., KEARSLEY, A.T., Sterken, V., Postberg, F., Kempf, S., Grun, E., Altobelli, N., Ehrenfreund, P., Dikarev, V., Horanyi, M., Sternovsky, Z., Carpenter, J.D., Westphal, A., Gainsforth, Z., Krabbe, A., Agarwal, J., Yano, H., Blum, J., Henkel, H., Hillier, J., Hoppe, P., Trieloff, M., Hsu, S., Mocker, A., Fiege, K., Green, S.F., Bischoff, A., Esposito, F., Laufer, R., Hyde, T.W., Herdrich, G., Fasoulas, S., Jackel, A., Jones, G., Jenniskens, P., Khalisi, E., Moragas-Klostermeyer, G., Spahn, F., Keller, H.U., Frisch, P., Levasseur-Regourd, A.C., Pailer, N., Altwegg, K., Engrand, C., Auer, S., Silen, J., Sasaki, S., Kobayashi, M., Schmidt, J., Kissel, J., Marty, B., Michel, P., Palumbo, P., Vaisberg, O., Baggaley, J., Rotundi, A. & Roser, H.P. 2012. SARIM PLUS-sample return of comet 67P/CG and of interstellar matter. Experimental Astronomy, 33(2-3): 723-751.     (C)     [Core funded]


Brown, S.A.E., Scott, A.C., Glasspool, I.J. & COLLINSON, M.E. 2012. Cretaceous wildfires and their impact on the Earth system. Cretaceous Research, 36: 162-190.     (C)     [Scientific Associate]

Perkovsky, E.E., RASNITSYN, A.P., Vlaskin, A.P. & Rasnitsyn, S.P. 2012. Contribution to the study of the structure of amber forest communities based on analysis of syninclusions in the Rovno amber (Late Eocene of Ukraine). Paleontological Journal, 46(3): 293-301.     (C)     [Scientific Associate?]

Schluter, N., Kutscher, M., SMITH, A.B., Jagt, J.W.M. & Lees, J.A. 2012. Late Cretaceous phymosomatids and the true identity of Cidarites granulosus Goldfuss, 1829 (Echinoidea, Phymosomatoida). Zootaxa(3271): 17-30.     (C)     [Core funded]

Sievwright, H. & MACLEOD, N. 2012. Eigensurface analysis, ecology, and modelling of morphological adaptation in the falconiform humerus (Falconiformes: Aves). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 165(2): 390-419.     (C)     [Core funded]



CARINE, M.A., JONES, K., Moura, M., Maciel, M.G.B., RUMSEY, F.J. & Schaefer, H. 2012. Putting biogeography's cart back behind taxonomy's horse: a response to Triantis et al. Journal of Biogeography, 39(6): 1184-1187.     (C?)     [Core funded, PhD student]

GROVES, E.W. 2012. Lieutenant W. R. Broughton (commanding HMS Chatham), James Johnstone (Master), Archibald Menzies (surgeon/naturalist) and the survey of the San Juan Archipelago, 1792. Archives of Natural History, 39(1): 7-15.     (C)     [Scientific Associate]

Sato, S., Tabata, S., et al. (Tomato Genome, Consortium incl. KNAPP, S.) 2012. The tomato genome sequence provides insights into fleshy fruit evolution. Nature, 485(7400): 635-641.     (C)     [Core funded]

Sterrenburg, F.A.S., Hamilton, P. & WILLIAMS, D. 2012. Universal coordinate method for locating light-microscope specimens. Diatom Research, 27(2): 91-94.     (C)     [Core funded]

Stevens, C.J., Smart, S.M., Henrys, P.A., Maskell, L.C., Crowe, A., SIMKIN, J., Cheffings, C.M., Whitfield, C., Gowing, D.J.G., Rowe, E.C., Dore, A.J. & Emmett, B.A. 2012. Terricolous lichens as indicators of nitrogen deposition: Evidence from national records. Ecological Indicators, 20: 196-203.     (C)     [Other ? (British Lichen Society)]

Weerakoon, G., Wijeyaratne, S.C., WOLSELEY, P.A., Plata, E.R., Lucking, R. & Lumbsch, H.T. 2012. Six new species of Graphidaceae from Sri Lanka. Bryologist, 115(1): 74-83.     (C)     [Scientific Associate]


Mutanen, M., Aarvik, L., Huemer, P., Kaila, L., Karsholt, O. & TUCK, K. 2012. DNA barcodes reveal that the widespread European tortricid moth Phalonidia manniana (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae) is a mixture of two species. Zootaxa(3262): 1-21.     (C)     [Core funded]

QUICKE, D.L.J., Smith, M.A., van Achterberg, C., Miller, S.E. & Hrcek, J. 2012. A new genus and three new species of parasitoid wasp from Papua New Guinea and redescription of Trigonophatnus Cameron (Hymenoptera, Braconidae, Rogadinae). Journal of Natural History, 46(21-22): 1369-1385.     (C)     [Core funded (jointly with IC)]

Ruiz-Lopez, F., Wilkerson, R.C., Conn, J.E., McKeon, S.N., Levin, D.M., Quinones, M.L., Povoa, M.M. & LINTON, Y.M. 2012. DNA barcoding reveals both known and novel taxa in the Albitarsis Group (Anopheles: Nyssorhynchus) of Neotropical malaria vectors. Parasites & Vectors, 5: DOI: 10.1186/1756-3305-5-44.     (C)     [Core funded]

Sinka, M.E., Bangs, M.J., Manguin, S., Rubio-Palis, Y., Chareonviriyaphap, T., Coetzee, M., Mbogo, C.M., Hemingway, J., Patil, A.P., Temperley, W.H., Gething, P.W., Kabaria, C.W., Burkot, T.R., HARBACH, R.E. & Hay, S.I. 2012. A global map of dominant malaria vectors. Parasites & Vectors, 5: DOI: 10.1186/1756-3305-5-69      (C)     [Core funded]

VOGLER, A.P. & TIMMERMANS, M. 2012. Speciation: Don't Fly and Diversify? Current Biology, 22(8): R284-R286.     (C)     [Core funded (jointly with IC); Other (academic Visitor)]


ALDHOUN, J.A. & LITTLEWOOD, D.T.J. 2012. Orientobilharzia Dutt & Srivastava, 1955 (Trematoda: Schistosomatidae), a junior synonym of Schistosomia Weinland, 1858. Systematic Parasitology, 82(2): 81-88.     (C)     [Other (volunteer), Core funded]

Barratt, C.D., Horsburgh, G.J., Dawson, D.A., GOWER, D.J., WILKINSON, M., LOADER, S.P. & Jehle, R. 2012. Characterisation of nine microsatellite loci in the caecilian amphibian Boulengerula uluguruensis (Gymnophiona), and their cross-species utility in three congeneric species. Conservation Genetics Resources, 4(2): 225-229.     (C)     [Core funded, Scientific Associate]

Fraser, G.J., BRITZ, R., HALL, A., JOHANSON, Z. & Smith, M.M. 2012. Replacing the first-generation dentition in pufferfish with a unique beak. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 109(21): 8179-8184.     (C)     [Core funded]

HARTIKAINEN, H. & Jokela, J. 2012. Characterisation of polymorphic microsatellite loci in the freshwater bryozoan Fredericella sultana. Conservation Genetics Resources, 4(2): 475-477.     (C)     [Core funded?]

Kamei, R.G., SAn MAURO, D., GOWER, D.J., Van Bocxlaer, I., SHERRATT, E., Thomas, A., Babu, S., Bossuyt, F., WILKINSON, M. & Biju, S.D. 2012. Discovery of a new family of amphibians from northeast India with ancient links to Africa. Proceedings of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences, 279(1737): 2396-2401.     (C)     [Externally funded, Core funded, PhD student]

Kotharambath, R., GOWER, D.J., Oommen, O.V. & WILKINSON, M. 2012. A third species of Gegeneophis Peters (Amphibia: Gymnophiona: Indotyphlidae) lacking secondary annular grooves. Zootaxa(3272): 26-34.     (C)     [Core funded]

Moritz, T., Krishnan, S., ROBERTS, D., Ingwersen, P., Agosti, D., Penev, L., Cockerill, M. & Chavan, V. 2011. Towards mainstreaming of biodiversity data publishing: recommendations of the GBIF Data Publishing Framework Task Group. Bmc Bioinformatics, 12: DOI: 10.1186/1471-2105-12-s15-s1.     (C)     [Core funded]

MORTON, B. 2012. A significant and unappreciated intertidal mytiloidean genus: the biology and functional morphology of Brachidontes puniceus (Bivalvia: Mytilidae) from the Cape Verde Islands. African Journal of Marine Science, 34(1): 71-80.     (C)     [Scientific Associate]

MORTON, B. 2012. Triton's legacy. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 64(5): 891-892.     (C)     [Scientific Associate]

Perbiche-Neves, G., BOXSHALL, G.A., da Rocha, C.E.F. & Nogueira, M.G. 2012. Rediscovered after 77 years: Odontodiaptomus thomseni - a rare species of calanoid (Crustacea: Copepoda) from South America. Zoologia, 29(2): 172-179.     (C)     [Core funded]

ROBERTS, D. & Hardisty, A. 2012. Data accessibility: Getting a handle on biological data. Nature, 484(7394): 318-318.     (E?)     [Core funded]

ROBERTS, D. & Moritz, T. 2011. A framework for publishing primary biodiversity data INTRODUCTION. Bmc Bioinformatics, 12: DOI: 10.1186/1471-2105-12-s15-i1.     (C)     [Core funded]


Palaeontology and Entomology Seminar



Biogeographic research in the Mediterranean region, with emphasis on centipedes (Myriapoda: Chilopoda)



Dr Stylianos Simaiakis, Department  of Biological Sciences, University of Cyprus

Thursday 28th June
Neil Chalmers Seminar Room, DC2, 16:00





The Mediterranean region constitutes a challenging geographical area for natural scientists. It has a complex geological history with particular characteristics that make it of interest as a study area for taxonomy, biogeography or phylogeography; the high levels of diversity and endemism reflect the complexity of the palaeogeographical history of the area, originating from two major geographical regions, Eurasia and Africa. Several studies have contributed on the evolutionary history of certain parts of the Mediterranean area, for example the Aegean archipelago, with a focus on a variety of taxonomic groups (e.g., ground beetles, spiders, land snails and isopods). The Aegean centipede fauna has been the focus of systematic, biogeographic and ecological studies for the last 15 years. Following these studies several questions have been raised such as the patterns of distribution of the species, the evolutionary history of certain species, and the shape of centipede species–area relationships. In conjunction with the well-studied palaeogeography of the Mediterranean region, we address these issues and give the most plausible biogeographical scenarios.



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Palaeontology Seminar


The mammal collections from Tabun cave Israel at Natural History Museum


Miss Spyridoula Pappa, Postgraduate research student, Royal Holloway University of London.

Thursday 21st June
Neil Chalmers Seminar Room, DC2, 16:00



It is 74 years since D. Garrod & D. Bate’s publication ‘The stone of Mount Carmel’, where they first described the fossil fauna from Tabun Cave. Tabun is one of the most important caves from Mount Carmel (Israel) with the longest and most complete archaeological sequence in South-western Asia. One of the lowest layers from this sequence, Tabun E (TE), has been dated ca. 208 Ka. These layers, which were excavated by Dorothy Garrod between 1929 and 1934, revealed lower & middle Palaeolithic artefacts, hominid remains, including one almost complete Neanderthal burial, and several fossil mammal remains.


A one year project (April 2011 to March 2012) re-boxing and digitisation the specimens from Tabun Cave housed at Natural History Museum revealed that there were 7096 mammal specimens and this enabled the collection to be thoroughly reviewed and systematic work carried out. Although storage space was limited, space issues were overcome by careful organisation of the specimens within acid free boxes according to size range (Fig.1). Small and fragile specimens were nested into Plastazote for additional protection. This project not only resulted in a more accessible collection but also demonstrated that this important collection represents 29 different mammal (herbivores & carnivores) and 33 micromammal species including 15 Holotypes.


This historical collection is also significant with regards to other potential scientific projects. I will present some examples of different methods that we applied including Dama’s (prefers moist environment) and Gazella’s (prefers dry environment) teeth analyses (LEO SEM, chemical condition and 3D reconstruction) and discuss some of the results (Fig. 2, 3). This novel work will hopefully shed light on the dietary habits, morphological teeth features and the impact of climatic changes on the fauna.




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Collections Management Seminar

EU-COM: Development of an On-line Forum and Collections Management tool for and by European collections management staff.


Garin Cael, Royal Museum for Central Africa, Tervuren, Belgium


Monday 25th June 2012,


Flett Lecture Theatre, NHM, South Kensington



After the SPNHC (Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections) conference in Leiden 2009 and a follow-up questionnaire, a strong need was revealed for an overarching network or forum for European natural history collection managers.
During a brainstorming meeting at the NHM, London in August 2010, it was decided that this new forum, called EU-COM, would be developed with the support of the EU projects EDIT (European Distributed Institute of Taxonomy) and SYNTHESYS (Synthesis of Systematic Resources). A draft plan and mock-up for the website were created and development started towards the end of 2010. 
The idea is to have a working Forum with a substantial amount of initial collections management content before being launched towards the end of 2012. It will serve as the primary resource for Natural History Collections in Europe, in multiple languages and will be driven by the community.
The Forum is hosted as a sub-domain to the Cybertaxonomy portal of the Royal Museum for Central Africa, but remains independent. The development and initial testing has been conducted and the portal is now ready to move into beta testing. The biggest challenge is to get initial contributions onto the site to create a solid base of content before the launch, so that users will actually recognize the usefulness of the portal and come back later if they have a different question.
Garin will demonstrate the Forum and be seeking ideas for content, content contributors and offers from people to act as testers.



The seminar is open to all members of the museum who are interested in getting involved or learning more about recovery of the collections in a disaster situation. We also welcome colleagues from other institutions who would find the seminar of interest. There is no booking fee and only large parties need to notify the organiser for catering purposes.


Science Group: All senior departmental managers & collection management staff.

Public Engagement Group:  Any staff who work with and use collections or manage staff who work with collections.

Tea and coffee will be available in the seminar room lobby area after the talk.

Suggestions for seminar speakers are always most welcome. Please contact the organiser Clare Valentine (



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