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The symposium Anchoring Biodiversity Information:From Sherborn to the 21st century and beyond, held on 28th October 2011, and brought together a wide range of people interested in history of science, bioinformatics and taxonomy to celebrate the work of Sherborn and discuss the future of the field.


Paul Cooper (Assistant Librarian) put together a display for attendees of items from the Library & Archives collections, and this online version includes a podcast of him talking about some of thise items, accompanied by a selection of images.


The full symposium is now available online!  You can listen to the talks with slides, and see the posters with an oral summary from the author, through this link:


Anchoring Biodiversity Information:
From Sherborn to the 21st century and beyond

Charles Davies Sherborn provided the bibliographic foundation for current zoological nomenclature with his magnum opus Index Animalium. In the 43 years he spent working on this extraordinary resource, he anchored our understanding of animal diversity through the published scientific record. No work has equalled it since and it is still in current, and critical, use.


Until now, Sherborn’s contribution has been recognised and relied upon by professional taxonomists worldwide but he has escaped the celebration of his accomplishment that is his due. This changed on Friday, 28 October 2011, with a symposium in his honour in the 150th year of his birth organised by the  ICZN, in collaboration with the Society for the History of Natural History at the Natural History Museum (NHM), London. The full day meeting included an international panel of experts on bibliography and biodiversity bioinformatics who linked a view of the past with an active debate on the future of the related fields.


The symposium was structured with an introduction to Sherborn as a man, scientist and bibliographer, then provided historical context for taxonomic indexing from the 19th century to today. Current tools and innovations were presented. The final sessions tackled the future of biological nomenclature, including shifting publishing modes and changing sociology of science in taxonomy. There were fifteen talks from distinguished speakers from around the world, and ten posters, including an exhibition of ‘Sherborniana’, or artefacts from Sherborn’s tenure at the NHM. The event was very well attended, with an audience of over 120 people present throughout most of the day. As the composition of the audience changed somewhat throughout the day, the number of people celebrating Sherborn was impressive.


The symposium was dedicated to Professor Frank Bisby, whose untimely death a few days earlier had shocked and saddened the biodiversity informatics community. Frank had initiated and directed Species 2000 and the Catalogue of Life, ambitious global taxonomy projects that build on the foundation laid by Sherborn’s indexes. The global and temporal reach of this event is being extended through podcasts of all the talks, posters and discussion, including slides and poster downloads, and videos of all the talks available through this site:


The event was organised and sponsored by the ICZN (Int’l Commission on Zoological Nomenclature) and the Society for the History of Natural History, with significant sponsorship support from the Linnean Society, BHL-Europe (Biodiversity Heritage Library-Europe), Pensoft Publishers (ZooKeys), The NHM – Natural History Museum, and ViBRANT – Virtual Biodiversity.


The Library & Archives reading room is closed to external visitors from Friday 23rd December 2011 - Monday 2nd January 2012 (inclusive).


We open as usual on Tuesday 3rd January 2012.


We wish you all a Happy Christmas & New Year.


The Library catalogue is available online at Library Catalogue

If you wish to view these or any other items, please contact the library to arrange an appointment or 020 7942 5460





The climate connection : climate change and modern human evolution / Renée Hetherington, Robert G.B. Reid.
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2010
A  3 o HET

Transitions in Prehistory : Essays in Honor of Ofer Bar-Yosef / edited by John J. Shea and Daniel E. Lieberman and J.J. Shea
Cambridge, MA : Oxbow Books, 2009
A 6 q SHE

Missing links : in search of human origins / John Reader ; [foreword by Andrew Hill].
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2011
A 3 o REA


Fossils of the Gault Clay / edited by Jeremy R. Young ... [et al.].
Publisher info: London : Palaeontological Association, 2010.
PS. 173B

T*retihorní fauna severo*ceské hnedouhelné pánve= Tertiary fauna of the North Bohemian Brown Coastal Basin/ Zden*ek Dvo*rák ... [et al.]
Praha : Nakladelstvi Granit, 2010.
P 72L q GRI

Living Dinosaurs: The evolutionary history of modern birds / Gareth Dyke
Oxford : Wiley-Blackwell, 2011
P 18 q LIV





The annotated memoirs of the life and botanical travels of André Michaux / by J.P.F. Deleuze ; translated from the French by Carl D.E. Köenig and John Sims ... edited, with postscript by Charlie Williams.
Athens, Ga. : Fevertree Press, 2011.
92 MIC Q

Fogli botanici : le famiglie della flora italiana : rappresentate nell'Erbario di Alfonso e Ada Sella / Rosa Camoletto ; fotografate da Angelo Garoglio.
Torino : Museo Regionale di Scienze Naturali, 2008.
58.005 SEL CAM

A flora of King's Lynn / Frances Schumann & Robin Stevenson
[Norfolk] : Norfolk and Norwich Naturalists' Society, 2011.

Catálogo regional de especies vegetales amenazadas de Extremadura, actualizado con La Lista Roja de la Flora Vascular Española 2008 / coordinación de la edición María Jesús Palacios González ... [et al.] ; auctores Francisco María Vazquez Pardo ... [et al.].
[Merida] : Junta de Extremadura, 2010.

A checklist of the flowering plants in southeast Yunnan / Yu-Min Shui & Wen-Hong Chen = Yunnan dong nan bu you hua zhi wu ming lu / Shui Yumin, Chen Wenhong zhu.
Kunming : Yunnan Pub. Group Corp. : Yunnan Science & Technology Press, 2010.
581.9(51) SHU

The plants of Acadia National Park / compiled and edited by Glen H. Mittelhauser ... [et al.] ; photographs by Marilee Lovit, Donna Kausen, Glen H. Mittelhauser, and others.
Orono, Me. : University of Maine Press, 2010.
581.9(741) MIT

The genus Haworthia : Book 2, Parts 1 and 2 / Ingo Breuer
Preston : Alsterworthia International, 2011.
582.4P178 BRE Q

Haworthia update : Essays on Haworthia. Volume 6 / Bruce Bayer
Preston : Alsterworthia International, [2011].
582.4P178 BAY Q

The Bushman Candles / Charles Craib and John Lavranos
[Tygerpark] : Penrock Publ., 2009.
582.4P38 CRA Q

Plants of western New South Wales / by G.M. Cunningham ... [et al.].
Collingwood, Vic. : CSIRO Pub., 2011.
581.9(944) CUN Q

Karsten Flora Columbiae. 2 / Giorgio Antei
Bogotá : Seguros Bolívar, 1997.
581.9(861) KAR F





Burke & Wills : the scientific legacy of the Victorian exploring expedition / edited by D. A. McCann and E. B. Joyce.
Collingwood, Vic. : CSIRO Publishing, 2011.
L 70 o BUR

A field guide to the southeast coast and Gulf of Mexico : coastal habitats, seabirds, marine mammals, fish and other wildlife / by Noble S. Proctor, Patrick J. Lynch.
New Haven, Conn. ; London : Yale University Press, 2012.
L 75 o PRO

Notebooks from New Guinea : reflections on life, nature, and science from the depths of the rainforest / by Vojtech Novotny.
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2011.
L 77Ba o NOV

The Indian and Pacific Correspondence of Sir Joseph Banks, 1768-1820. Volume 3, letters 1789-1792 / edited by Neil Chambers.
London : Pickering & Chatto, 2010.
L 96A o BAN

The Indian and Pacific Correspondence of Sir Joseph Banks, 1768-1820. Volume 4, letters 1792 - 1798 / edited by Neil Chambers.
London : Pickering & Chatto, 2011.
L 96A o BAN






Animal friendships / Anne Innis Dagg.
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011.
Z 10A o DAG

Wired wilderness : technologies of tracking and the making of modern wildlife / Etienne Benson.
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010.
Z 10G o BEN

Tropical fishes of the East Indies / Samuel Fallours.
[Köln] : Taschen, [c2010]
Z 22 q FAL

The ocean at home : an illustrated history of the aquarium / Bernd Brunner ; translated by Ashley Marc Slapp.
London : Reaktion Books, 2011.
Z 85B o BRU

Conservation of primates in Indochina / edited by Tilo Nadler, Benjamin Miles Rawson, Van Ngoc Thinh.
Hanoi : Frankfurt Zoological Society, Endangered Primate Rescue Center, Cuc Phuong National Park, and Conservation International, Indo-Burma Program, 2010.

Neogene Tonnoidean gastropods of tropical and South America : contributions to the Dominican Republic and Panama palaeontology projects and uplift of the Central American Isthmus / A.G. Beu
Ichaca, N.Y. : Paleontological Research Institution, 2010.



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The weird and wonderful world of zoological ephemera



Come along and learn about a time before photography, television and radio, when animals from distant lands were brought to the attention of a curious general public.


Discover the world of travelling menageries, animal displays and other odd shows, during the 18th and 19th centuries, through the ephemera collection of the Library and Archives.


Come to the Attenborough Studio in the Darwin Centre, the talk starts at 14.30.


It's free!


The Library catalogue is available online at Library Catalogue

If you wish to view these or any other items, please contact the library to arrange an appointment or 020 7942 5460






Diversity, phylogeny, and evolution in the Monocotyledons : proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on the Comparative Biology of the Monocotyledons and the Fifth International Symposium on Grass Systematics and Evolution / edited by Ole Seberg ... [et al.].
Århus : Aarhus University Press ; Oakville, CT : International distributors, David Brown Book Company, 2010.
576.1 SEB

Second corrected and completed checklist of vascular plants recorded in the area of the prefecture of Samos (East Aegean Islands, Greece) : Samos, Ikaria and Fourni with remarks about the distribution, endangerment and first reports / Ruprecht Duell ; with special help of Heinz Kalheber.
[Germany : The authors], 2011.

Dispersal in plants : a population perspective / Roger Cousens, Calvin Dytham & Richard Law.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2008.
581.16 COU Q

Flowers and herbs of early America / by Lawrence D. Griffith ; photography by Barbara Temple Lombardi.
New Haven, Conn. ; London : Yale University Press, 2008.
58.006 WIL Q

Flora of China : llustrations. Volume 10, Fabaceae / Xu Langran ... [et al.] ; Wu Zhengyi and Peter H. Raven, co-chairs of the editorial committee.
Beijing : Science Press ; St. Louis : Missouri Botanical Garden Press, 2011.
581.9(51) FLO Q



Tools for Identifying biodiversity - progress and problems: proceedings of the international congress, Paris, September 20 - 22, 2010, Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle - Grand Amphithéâtre / Pier Luigi Nimis and Régine Vignes Lebbe (eds.)
Trieste : Edizioni Università di Trieste, 2010.
L 65A o TOO

Culture and climate change : recordings / edited by Robert Butler ... [et al.]
Cambridge : Shed, 2011.
L 86 o CUL

Social software in libraries : building collaboration, communication, and community online / Meredith G. Farkas.
Medford, N.J. : Information Today, c2007.



Ornithology (Tring)

Cladistics and the origin of birds : a review and two new analyses / by Frances C. James and John A. Pourtless IV.
Washington, D.C. : American Ornithologists' Union, 2009.
ORNITHOLOGY S 5101 E                      

Measuring birds : = Vögel vermessen / ed. by Deutsche Ornithologen-Gesellschaft. ; authors: Siegfried Eck ...[et al.]
Minden : Christ Media Natur, 2011.
ORNITHOLOGY 81 DEU                        

On the origin of species through heteropatric differentiation : a review and a model of speciation in migratory animals / by Kevin Winker.
Washington, D.C. : American Ornithologists' Union, 2010.
ORNITHOLOGY S 5101 E                      

Thomas R. Howell's check-list of the birds of Nicaragua as of 1993 / edited by Juan C. Martínez-Sánchez and Tom Will.
Washington, D.C. : American Ornithologists' Union, 2010.





The atlas of wild animals of Jilin Province (Amphibia, Reptilia and mammals) / Zuhui Jiang.
Z 73H o JIA

Zoos in the 21st century : catalysts for conservation? / edited by Alexandra Zimmermann ... [et al.]
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2007.
Z 85B o ZOO

Amphibia & Reptilia animal of world in coloured illustrations : =Shijie Liangxi Paxing Dongwu Yuanse Tujian / Song Ban & Shi Yuan.
Shijie Liangxi Paxing Dongwu Yuanse Tujian

Amphibians and reptiles of Tibet / written by Pipeng Li, Ermi Zhao and Bingjun Dong.
Beijing : Science Press, 2010.

Biology in Crocodilian Lizard / Zhang Yuxia
Guilin : Guangxi Normal University Press, 2002.

2011 has marked the 150th anniversary of the birth of Charles Davies Sherborn, scientific indexer extraordinaire. 


Almost all Sherborn's working life was spent at the Natural History Museum where he was employed on what we would now describe as a contract basis.


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     Charles Davies Sherborn working in  the Library at The Natural History Museum


An early curiosity with natural history developed in to a special interest in geology for Sherborn and in 1888 he began to mount and prepare fossils at the Museum.  Sherborn soon realized how useful it would be to zoologists and palaeontologists to have available an index of all scientific names (genus and species) applied to animals, including the date and place of publication. Sherborn took as his starting point the naming system for animals (and plants) devised by Carl Linnaeus in the mid 18th century and codified in his book "Systema naturae".  Possibly without fully realizing it, Sherborn had embarked on a truly stupendous task.  During 42 years from 1890 Sherborn wrote about a million index cards on which he recorded the bibliographic details relating to each species name.  These were published in the 11 volumes of the "Index Animalium" beginning in 1902.


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     Sherborn’s ‘Index  Animalium’


This monumental publication became the basis for all zoological nomenclature work having gathered together all the relevant data in one place, just as an online database does today.


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Handwritten cards compiled by  Sherborn for his publication ‘Index Animalium’




In October the Museum marked Sherborn's contribution to the development of zoological nomenclature with a symposium "Anchoring biodiversity information : from Sherborn to the 21st century and beyond"