1. Searching for Reptiles on Ocean Islands

    At one time, the Seychelles and the Mascarene Islands were home to the world’s richest diversity of oceanic island reptile fauna. But with the arrival of humans several centuries ago, deforestation and other environmental degradation decimated reptile populations.

    In January 2013, Museum Curator Chris Raxworthy traveled to these islands in search of chameleons, geckos, and skinks. He hoped to rediscover lizards known only from bone material and specimens collected in the 19th and early 20th century.

    See footage from the Constantine S. Niarchos Expedition.

  2. In the course of his work studying the reptiles and amphibians of Madagascar, Associate Curator Chris Raxworthy often refers to a classic 19th-century herpetological text: Erpétologie générale, by André-Marie-Constant Duméril, of the Paris Museum of Natural History. 
It’s a work that Raxworthy says is quite important, so he jumped at the chance to highlight it as part of the recently released book Natural Histories: Extraordinary Rare Book Selections from the American Museum of Natural History Library. 
Read on here. 

    In the course of his work studying the reptiles and amphibians of Madagascar, Associate Curator Chris Raxworthy often refers to a classic 19th-century herpetological text: Erpétologie générale, by André-Marie-Constant Duméril, of the Paris Museum of Natural History. 

    It’s a work that Raxworthy says is quite important, so he jumped at the chance to highlight it as part of the recently released book Natural Histories: Extraordinary Rare Book Selections from the American Museum of Natural History Library

    Read on here