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Marty Hylton peers out of a window in Nantucket’s oldest house, the Jethro Coffin house, built in 1686.

Students of History

It’s summer in Nantucket, and the hints of orange and blue mixed in among the tourists’ seersucker and straw hats are a sure sign that Gators are abroad on this history-soaked New England island. The University of Florida students are here for an annual pilgrimage — Preservation...
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Rekindling Korean Connections

In November 2007, two months before his first day on the job as Asian art curator at UF’s Harn Museum of Art, Jason Steuber went shopping in New York City with the museum’s development director. Steuber wanted to show her a handful of galleries he believed to be good sources for...
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Professor Stephen Golant combines geography and gerontology to examine the decisions people make about where to age.

Navigating Old Age

The flower children drawn to San Francisco in 1967 by the strains of Scott McKenzie’s song took to the streets of Haight-Ashbury with youthful abandon in a counter culture celebration, the Summer of Love. A half century later, the turn on, tune in, drop out generation finds...
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The Power of Object

Florida Museum Director Doug Jones draws endless inspiration from objects in the collection. As a paleontologist, he is particularly drawn to fossils like the Heliaster sea star. Unlike an ordinary starfish with five arms, the Heliaster had 30 in a sunburst arrangement that gives...
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Terra Incognita

On the map of life, of biodiversity on the planet, there are patches that are unknown, as if a hiker spilled coffee and covered up a chunk here and there. A hiker might have trouble using such a map and so does a scientist struggling to understand Earth’s biodiversity even as it...
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Got Frogs?

Herpetologist David Blackburn takes a jar off the shelf in the Herpetology Collection at the Florida Museum of Natural History, home to about 300,000 preserved amphibians and reptiles. Inside, suspended in a clear liquid, is a tuatara, one of the rarest creatures in the world....
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With their first steps, humans change landscapes and leave evidence behind Climate change, ruling elites, stressed natural resources, sustainable development. The world of the ancient Maya was complex, with issues much like those today, says Kitty Emery, associate curator of...
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It’s not uncommon for Florida Museum paleontologists to get calls about fossils. But a call in 2015 from a Levy County landowner about bones discovered on his property led to a bustling dig with valuable finds. Museum paleontologists say the Montbrook dig is the first evidence in...
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Botany Abuzz

Untangling Florida’s botanical family tree A rose is a rose is a rose. But is an Aster an Aster? Well, it depends. Globally, the plant world is in a tizzy, and that’s a good thing, says Kent Perkins, collections manager for the University of Florida Herbarium in the Florida...
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