April 2015

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pbdb_map_occur function, from the paleobioDB R Package, returns a map of the number of fossil records per cell stored in the Paleobiology Database. In this case, the image shows the records assigned to Canidae.

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Common blackbird (Turdus merula) on holly (Ilex aquifolium). Photo by Luis Ojembarrena

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Description: Bia actorion (Nymphalidae, Brassolini) in Ecuadorean Amazon rainforest understory. Photo by Phil DeVries.

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The Italian festoon in the image (Zerynthia cassandra) is extremely similar in morphology to the southern festoon (Zerynthia polyxena). This is a recently described cryptic species of butterfly that occurs on the Italian peninsula and on two islands (Sicily and Elba). The forum paper by Vodă et al. in this issue highlights the importance of including the cryptic diversity in ecological, biodiversity and biogeographic studies to avoid biased results. Photo by Roger Vila.

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Blooming alpine meadow (2550 m a.s.l.) in the southwestern Alps near Lautaret pass (France). Photo by Philippe Choler.

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