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Western Pond Turtle

Western pond turtles cannot swallow food in air, only in water.

Leatherback sea turtle on the beach

The leatherback sea turtle is the largest living reptile in the world!

Shamrock spiders

No, you don't identify spiders by "markings." Color patterns are variable within same species, similar between different species.

Spider illustration

Are spiders insects? No, they're arachnids, as different from insects as birds are from fish!

Leucauge

Additional information and links relating to Spider Myths. 

Tsimshian artist David A. Boxley’s journey to replicate a feast dish in the Burke Museum collection.

Cortinarius parkeri, a common spring species in conifer forest.

Developing “barcodes” with fungi DNA helps easily identify species. 

A male Anolis krugi, Mata de Plátano, Puerto Rico.

Matt McElroy hopes to answer how and why biological evolution occurred in the past, and what role thermal adaptation played in this process.

Noted 19th century Haida carver Charles Edenshaw with the chest.

“As I was carving this chest front I felt like I was reconnecting with my ancestor.” – Christian White, Bill Holm Center grant recipient.

UW graduate student Chuck Beightol excavates a dinocephalian skeleton in Zambia, 2014.

The Zambian and Tanzanian fossil beds preserved both plants and animals, providing information on paleoclimate before and after extinction.

Zebra jaw showing high-crowned teeth.

Researchers sink their teeth into this tricky evolutionary question. 

Close-up of fossil phytolith.

By extracting phytoliths from once-living plants, scientists were able to uncover a story of vegetation change in response to climate.

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