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Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum
Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum

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E-Book Launch: 200 Points in Singapore’s Natural History


Exactly one year ago, LKCNHM launched the exhibition ‘200: a natural history’ to commemorate Singapore’s Bicentennial. The exhibition chronicles 200 natural history events from the last two centuries of modern Singapore, filling the walls of the temporary gallery with specimens, images and anecdotes of animals, plants, events, places and people that have played important roles

The Anthony J. Whitten (1953–2017) Memorial Issue


“In the last 10 days I’ve been told that two beetles have been named after me, something I find very flattering.  … One is a blind, long-legged cave-restricted beetle, and the other is a dung beetle. But before you scoff too loudly, remember that in Ancient Egypt the dung beetles or scarabs were objects of

From Dungun to Leiden: For the love of fireflies


This post is written by Dr. Wan Faridah Akmal Jusoh, Research Fellow at LKCNHM, for the Vereniging Nederland-Maleisie Newsletter (article republished with permission).   I was born and raised in Dungun, a beautiful coastal district of the north-eastern peninsular Malaysian state of Terengganu. Unlike what you are probably imagining, I did not grow up by

Untangling the Knotted Identities of Commercially Important Swimming Crabs


Are you sure the seafood you are consuming is what it says on the label or the menu? In 2015, a survey of Atlantic blue crab (Callinectes sapidus) meat sold in supermarkets and restaurants in Maryland, USA, revealed that nearly 50% of the products tested were from totally different, non-Atlantic species. DNA barcoding matched a

Public Talk by Undergraduate – Leshon Lee


Guess what’s been ruffling Polly’s feathers? While birds are one of the most understood group of animals in the world, underneath their feathery exteriors lie an incredibly diverse and hidden community of parasites called avian lice. Join NUS undergraduate Leshon Lee as he explores the strange lives of these much neglected and maligned insects, and

Reconstructing a Sperm Whale’s Tale


Four years after a female sperm whale was found dead in Singapore waters, scientists are starting to put the pieces together to reconstruct the story of how she got to be there. Discovered off Jurong Island in July 2015, she was the first (and only) sperm whale sighting that has been recorded here till date.

Visiting Scientist Feature: Dr. Alexander Ziegler


Last week, we welcomed a new visitor to the museum! Hailing from the University of Bonn in Germany, Dr. Alexander Ziegler studies sea urchins as well as other marine invertebrates. In particular, his research focuses on the internal anatomy of sea urchins. Dr. Ziegler at his workstation in one of our research labs. Traditionally, researchers

Visiting Scientist(s) Feature – The van der Poortens (Part 2)


After 10 months, the van der Poortens have visited us again! Previously, they were here to examine butterflies from the WA Fleming collection, and explore options for further imaging work (click here to read more). Dr. George van der Poorten and Mrs. Nancy van der Poorten in one of our prep labs. The van der Poortens

Visiting Scientist Feature: Mr. Hirozumi Kobayashi


This week, we welcomed our first research visitor for the year – Mr. Hirozumi Kobayashi! It’s his first visit to LKCNHM, and he came with Dr. Tohru Naruse, who is an old friend of the museum. 🙂 Mr. Hirozumi Kobayashi (left), with Prof. Peter Ng (middle), and Dr. Tohru Naruse (right) in the LKCNHM research