Introducing new ‘Species within the Highlight’ digital points on World Lion Day – Journal of Zoology Weblog

Prof. Elissa Cameron

Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Zoology

The Journal of Zoology has an extended historical past of publishing high-quality, unique analysis on animals. The precise subject areas are broad, however all contain advancing our understanding of animals. To have fun these animals, our Digital Points ‘Species within the Highlight’ spotlight a few of the key analysis on totally different taxonomic teams which were printed within the Journal of Zoology, in addition to our predecessors Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London and Transactions of the Zoological Society of London. These collections permit us to have fun not solely the wealthy historical past of the journal, however to additionally be taught extra concerning the animals themselves. The main focus of analysis modifications throughout time, however some themes re-emerge throughout totally different a long time, telling a narrative of the journey of discovery and the altering themes of analysis. We hope that the ‘Species within the Highlight’ will even be a possibility to take pleasure in attending to know a wide range of species which have featured within the Journal of Zoology.

In celebration of World Lion Day, our inaugural ‘Species within the Highlight’ digital challenge focuses on lions. The Journal of Zoology has printed many papers on lions or during which lions have a key function, together with from the very earliest days of Transactions of the Zoological Society of London and Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London. The modifications in analysis themes over time replicate the change in analysis focus within the journal extra broadly, from early descriptive pure historical past, via extra hypothesis-driven analysis to extra conservation-motivated work and multi-disciplinary approaches.

Paintings of a maneless male lion by Edward Lear printed in 1834 in ‘Some Account of the maneless Lion of Guzerat’ by Water Smee, one of many articles highlighted within the World Lion Day digital challenge.

The sequence of papers chosen listed here are solely a choice of the analysis on lions within the Journal of Zoology, however they supply a microcosm of the analysis seen extra usually throughout time, and supply a wonderful alternative to have fun lions. We hope you benefit from the Journal of Zoology journey via a lion lens.


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