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A New Bog Lemming (Genus Synaptomys) From Nebraska   By: (1929-1992)

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In the book A New Bog Lemming (Genus Synaptomys) From Nebraska, J. Knox Jones delves into an intriguing scientific study with meticulous detail and expertise. This work provides an insightful exploration of the heretofore unknown species of bog lemmings found in Nebraska, shedding light on a previously uncharted aspect of the state's biodiversity.

Jones demonstrates a masterful command of his subject matter, presenting his findings in a clear, concise, and engaging manner. The extensive research and comprehensive analyses throughout the book offer an invaluable resource for fellow scientists and researchers in the field of mammalogy.

One of the most captivating aspects of Jones' writing is his ability to make a highly specialized subject accessible to a wider audience. Although the book focuses on the taxonomy and ecological aspects of bog lemmings, it is written in a manner that even readers with limited knowledge of the subject can appreciate. The author's passion for his work shines through in his vivid descriptions, instilling a sense of excitement and wonder in the reader.

Moreover, the book is exceptionally well-organized, taking the reader on a logical journey from the initial discovery of the new species to the subsequent investigations and scientific methodologies employed to verify and classify it. Jones' attention to detail is meticulous, leaving no stone unturned when explaining the intricacies of the research process. This level of precision ensures that readers gain a thorough understanding of the scientific processes involved while remaining engaged and eager to learn more.

Additionally, A New Bog Lemming provides a thought-provoking reflection on the importance of biodiversity and the significance of every species, no matter how seemingly insignificant. Through his work, Jones advocates for a greater appreciation and conservation of the natural world, reminding readers of the interconnectedness of all living organisms.

However, it is worth noting that given the highly specialized subject matter, this book might not be suitable for casual readers seeking light entertainment. It is best suited for individuals with a genuine interest in zoology, ecology, or scientific research. Though meticulously researched and masterfully written, some readers may find portions of the book dense or inaccessible due to the scientific jargon.

In conclusion, A New Bog Lemming (Genus Synaptomys) From Nebraska is a remarkable achievement by J. Knox Jones, contributing immensely to the field of mammalogy and shedding light on an intriguing new species. As much a celebration of scientific discovery as it is an informative volume, this book is a worthwhile read for anyone interested in the natural world and the wonders that can be unearthed with thorough research and dedication.

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A New Bog Lemming (Genus Synaptomys) From Nebraska



=University of Kansas= =Lawrence= 1958

=University of Kansas Publications= =Museum of Natural History=

Volume 9, No. 13, pp. 385 388

May 12, 1958

Editors: E. Raymond Hall, Chairman, Henry S. Fitch, Robert W. Wilson



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A New Bog Lemming (Genus Synaptomys)

From Nebraska



In the autumn of 1952, I obtained a southern bog lemming, Synaptomys cooperi , at Rock Creek State Fish Hatchery, Dundy County, in extreme southwestern Nebraska. This locality of record is the westernmost for the species in North America. Subsequently, I reported this specimen in the literature (Univ. Kansas Publ., Mus. Nat. Hist., 7:486, 1954), provisionally assigning it to Synaptomys cooperi gossii , the subspecies occurring in eastern Nebraska. In late November of 1956, J. R. Alcorn collected three additional bog lemmings at the Rock Creek Hatchery.

These specimens from Dundy County represent a relict population that differs in several characteristics from S. c. gossii , and that differs also from all other subspecies of the species. This relict population is, therefore, here given subspecific recognition... Continue reading book >>

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