Dr. Richard Conniff – The Species Seekers: Heroes, Fools, and the Mad Pursuit of Life on Earth

The Auburn University Museum of Natural History and the Departments of Biological Sciences and Entomology & Plant Pathology present science writer/NPR commentator Richard Conniff tells the story of the bold and colorful adventurers who risked death to discover strange life forms in the farthest corners of planet Earth. Learn about daredevil species seekers, ranging from the father of modern taxonomy, Carl Linneaus, and Thomas Jefferson, who laid out mastodon bones on the White House floor, to the Harvard anatomist who helped introduce the world to the most spectacular species discovery of the nineteenth century.

The Species Seekers: Heroes, Fools, and the Mad Pursuit of Life on Earth by Richard Conniff is “a swashbuckling romp” that “brilliantly evokes that just-before Darwin era” (BBC Focus) and “an enduring story bursting at the seams with intriguing, fantastical and disturbing anecdotes” (New Scientist).

www.strangebehaviors.com

For assistance or directions contact Dr. Jason Bond at jbond”at”auburn.edu

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