MCZ, Harvard history trivia. What happened in the collection room?

DSCN0045 In the Diptera section of the MCZ, on the floor is evidence of something historical. Do you know or can you guess what it is (i.e. how it was done) and whodunnit?

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A close up of the evidence.

Need some clues? I’m interested in this and it isn’t about flies. The image below is my final clue.

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A little like Hollywood’s walk of fame, maybe?

Post your answers in comments. I will reveal the answer Monday.

k.

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About Kip Will

I'm an insect systematist with expertise in carabid beetles, who is always happiest in the bush.
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4 Responses to MCZ, Harvard history trivia. What happened in the collection room?

  1. I have no idea, but I’m really curious now! I’d guess it’s from an excited or anxious entomologist who was continually sliding their chair in and out while working, but no idea who it might be.

  2. This is where Ernest Mayr thumped a graduate student who suggested the biological species concept is not so generalizable as he thought.

  3. Jim McClarin says:

    First thought when I see an area marked out in white on the ground, pavement, or floor is that any stains must be blood from a corpse but who might have died there is beyond me.

  4. Pingback: MCZ, Harvard history trivia. Strange markings on the floor. | pterostichini

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