Some people want their work to be remembered and shared with the rest of the world for centuries to come; in many cases this involves going down in a blaze of glory (so to speak). Unfortunately, sometimes that blaze is real and will consume all those years of work. A fire destroyed the world’s largest scientific collection of dead snakes, scorpions and spiders. The collection, located at the Instituto Butantan in Brazil, was almost a century-old and included nearly 80,000 snakes and several thousand scorpion and spider specimens. These specimens were a main source for research, particularly where evolution and…
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