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Edmund Heller
Edmund Heller (May 21, 1875 – July 18, 1939) was an American zoologist. He was President of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums for two terms, from 1935-1936 and 1937-1938. Early life While at Stanford University, he collected specimens in the Colorado and Mojave Deserts in 1896-7 before graduating with a degree in zoology in 1901. Contributions In 1907, Heller was with Carl Ethan Akeley on the Field Columbian Museum's African expedition. On his return, he was appointed Curator of Mammals at the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology of the University of California and participated in the 1908 Alexander Alaska Expedition. In 1909, Heller began working with the Smithsonian Institution when he was chosen as naturalist for large mammals on the Smithsonian-Roosevelt African Expedition under the command of Colonel Theodore Roosevelt. He worked closely with John Alden Loring who worked as naturalist for the small mammals on the Expedition and they collaborated on their field notes. On his ...
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Freeport, Illinois
Freeport is the county seat and largest city of Stephenson County, Illinois, United States. The population was 23,973 at the 2020 census, and the mayor of Freeport is Jodi Miller, elected in 2017. Freeport is known for hosting the second Lincoln-Douglas debate of 1858, and as "Pretzel City, USA", due to a popular local German bakery known for its pretzels in the 1850s. Freeport High School's mascot is the Pretzel to honor its heritage. History The community was originally called Winneshiek. When it was incorporated, the new municipality took its name from the generosity of Tutty Baker, who was credited with running a "free port" on the Pecatonica River. The name "Winneshiek" was later adopted, and is preserved to this day, by the Freeport Community Theatre Group. In 1837, Stephenson County was formed and Freeport became its seat of government in 1838. Linked by a stagecoach with Chicago, the community grew rapidly. In 1840, a frame courthouse was erected and the first scho ...
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National Geographic Society
The National Geographic Society (NGS), headquartered in Washington, D.C., United States, is one of the largest non-profit scientific and educational organizations in the world. Founded in 1888, its interests include geography, archaeology, and natural science, the promotion of environmental and historical conservation, and the study of world culture and history. The National Geographic Society's logo is a yellow portrait frame—rectangular in shape—which appears on the margins surrounding the front covers of its magazines and as its television channel logo. Through National Geographic Partners (a joint venture with The Walt Disney Company), the Society operates the magazine, TV channels, a website, worldwide events, and other media operations. Overview The National Geographic Society was founded on 13 January 1888 "to increase and diffuse geographic knowledge". It is governed by a board of trustees whose 33 members include distinguished educators, business exec ...
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Karl Patterson Schmidt
Karl Patterson Schmidt (June 19, 1890  – September 26, 1957) was an American herpetologist. Family Schmidt was the son of George W. Schmidt and Margaret Patterson Schmidt. George W. Schmidt was a German professor, who, at the time of Karl Schmidt's birth, was teaching in Lake Forest, Illinois. His family left the city in 1907 and settled in Wisconsin. They worked on a farm near Stanley, Wisconsin, where his mother and his younger brother died in a fire on August 7, 1935. The brother, Franklin J. W. Schmidt, had been prominent in the then-new field of wildlife management. Karl Schmidt married Margaret Wightman in 1919, and they had two sons, John and Robert. Education In 1913, Schmidt entered Cornell University to study biology and geology. In 1915, he discovered his preference for herpetology during a four-month training course at the Perdee Oil Company in Louisiana. In 1916, he received the degree of Bachelor of Arts and made his first geological expedition to Santo D ...
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Rhabdophis Subminiatus
''Rhabdophis subminiatus'', commonly called the red-necked keelback or red-necked keelback snake, is a species of venomous snake in the subfamily Natricinae of the family Colubridae. The species is endemic to Asia. Description ''Rhabdophis subminiatus'' has a greenish hue with red and yellow regions near the head. It grows to in total length (including tail). Female is much larger than male, mating behavior multiple males may swarm a single female. Habitat and diet The red-necked keelback generally lives near ponds, where it consumes frogs and fish. Snakebite and venom ''Rhabdophis subminiatus'' is a rear-fanged species and was previously thought to be harmless. However, following one fatal and several near-fatal envenomations, the toxicity of its venom was investigated. As a result, it has recently been reclassified as a dangerous species. Rear-fanged snakes need to bite and hold on, or repeatedly bite, to have any effect on humans. A chewing action facilitates envenomation, ...
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Panaspis
''Panaspis'' is a genus of skinks, commonly called lidless skinks or snake-eyed skinks, endemic to Sub-saharan Africa. Species The following 21 species, listed alphabetically by specific name, are recognized as being valid: *'' Panaspis africana'' (Gray, 1845) – Guinea lidless skink *'' Panaspis annettesabinae'' Colston, Pyron, & Bauer, 2020 – Sabin's snake-eyed skink *'' Panaspis annobonensis'' ( Fuhn, 1972) – Annobón Annobón ( es, Provincia de Annobón; pt, Ano-Bom), and formerly as ''Anno Bom'' and ''Annabona'', is a province (smallest province in both area and population) of Equatorial Guinea consisting of the island of Annobón, formerly also Pigalu a ... lidless skink *''Panaspis breviceps'' (Wilhelm Peters, W. Peters, 1873) – Wilhelm Peters, Peters's lidless skink, short-headed snake-eyed skink *''Panaspis burgeoni'' (Gaston-François de Witte, de Witte, 1933) *''Panaspis cabindae'' (José Vicente Barbosa du Bocage, Bocage, 1866) – Cabinda Province, ...
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