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Frogs Through Time, Modern Portraits of Species Discovered Two Centuries Ago

February 28, 2018

Two hundred years ago a couple of young explorers set sail on what was to become one of the greatest scientific expeditions of all time. In 1817 Johann Baptist Ritter von Spix and Carl Friedrich Philipp von Martius joined a naval excursion to Brazil and were given a humongous task—documenting the biodiversity and culture of that poorly known and largely exotic country. What they found during their three-year field trip would help lay the foundations of biodiversity research in South America. The importance of their scientific legacy is undeniable—hundreds of species discovered and detailed accounts on Brazilian indigenous cultures and habitats that have either vanished or been extensively altered through time.