Posts by Kees Moeliker:

2nd 24/7 Battle in Leiden: the young and wise

On July 7th, 2013, in Museum Boerhaave, Leiden, The Netherlands, six young, prominent scientists from Leiden University will present their field of research by giving a complete technical description, in Dutch, in twenty-four (24) seconds, followed by a clear summary that anyone can understand, in seven (7) Dutch words. The best of these 24/7 speakers […]

A homosexual copulation, on first arrival in The Netherlands from the Cape Verde Islands

May 19th, 2013 was an historical moment in the history of European ornithology. Four Iago Sparrows (Passer iagoensis) arrived in The Netherlands from the Cape Verde Islands aboard a ship, named Plancius. They are the first know individuals of that species (endemic to the islands off West Africa) to have reached Europe. As the ship […]

Dr. Shit Fun Chew on peeing-through-the-mouth

We closely follow the research of Dr. Shit Fun Chew of National Institute of Education, Singapore. Her most recent piece of work is ‘The Chinese soft-shelled turtle, Pelodiscus sinensis, excretes urea mainly through the mouth instead of the kidney’ [J Exp Biol 2012 215:ii. ; doi:10.1242/jeb.080614]. She and her co-authors write: This study was undertaken […]

Leaning to the left: New Ig Nobel winners wed each other

Rolf Zwaan and Anita Eerland could not travel to Harvard to collect their 2012 Ig Nobel Psychology prize for their study “Leaning to the Left Makes the Eiffel Tower Seem Smaller“. They had an earlier appointment they did not want to cancel: getting married— to each other. Right after their wedding ceremony in the Netherlands […]

Penguins join the necrophilia club

The Adélie penguin (Pygoscelis adeliae) has joined the club of bird species that are known to be engaged in necrophiliac behavior. In fact, in retrospect, the Adélie penguin is the first ever bird species in which necrophilia has been observed. In a publication, titled ‘Dr. George Murray Levick (1876–1956): unpublished notes on the sexual habits […]

Today is Dead Duck Day

On June 5, 1995, at 5.55 pm, a mallard duck slammed into the window of the Natural History Museum in Rotterdam, the first big step on its journey into history. I, Kees Moeliker, the museum’s curator, subsequently published the first scientifically recorded description of homosexual necrophilia in the mallard duck (click here for PDF). The […]