Columns by Shigeru Kuratani
Translated by Douglas Sipp and Hazuki Hiraga


1.   A parasitoid in lapis lazuli

2.   Sounds of the city
3.   Fly hawkmoth fly!

4.   Dispatches from the Museum of Natural History in Paris Kitano déjà vu

5.   The rock band theory of morphology

6.   Hawkmoths all


1.   Notes from Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle
2.   Swallowtail variants
3.   The real and the fake
4.   Riddles are everywhere
5.   The Secret Life of Plants

6.   A great big lovable caterpillar



1.   At the Museum of Natural History in Paris: Van Gogh and gaufres
2.   My Incunablar Kindle
3.   Showa - How far gone?
4.   Ventura Highway
5.   What makes a scentific 'genius'?
6.   Pathologies in the market for old books



1.   Seeing weevils
2.   Summer, green as a stinkbug

3.   Primordial fear

4.   Nature, here and now
5.   A dinosaur mural to remember
6.   The scientific death instinct


1.   Birding on Port Island: The occupation
2.   On the Dead Sea
3.   Evolution and the receptive eye
4.   A Taste of Insect Atlas
5.   Ghost in the shell
6.   Enjoying entomological atlases - Part 2


2.   Prints along the Seine
3.   My bibliomania – what lies ahead
4.   Bouillabaisse in the mist
5.   Romanoff, Romanoff – How books find their homes
6.   The much-loved min-min zemi

2.   The Silence of the Moths
3.   In search of saturnids
4.   M's treasure, or just some awful bug?
5.   The city as a specimen
6.   Plein-air bookselling along the Seine


1.   Haeckel's Dream : Anthropogenie
Reference:" The evolution of man : a popular exposition of the principal points of human ontogeny and phylogeny Vol.1 & 2"
2.   On the pleasures of reprints
4.   Science and worldviews
5.   Inherit the Wind :The struggle over Darwin
6.   Malta Time


3.   My Cyclostome Gallery, Part Ⅱ: Lampreys along the rive
4.   Between the microscope and the naked eye: The lancelet seen larger than lif
5.   A reason for loving Cuvier
6.   Lamarck's "Philosophie Zoologique"


1.   Forgotten anatomy
Reference:”Vergleichende Anatomie der Wirbelthiere : mit Berücksichtung der Wirbellosen
     ”Handbuch der vergleichenden Anatomie der Wirbeltiere
2.  The Evolution and Development of Comparative Embryology: Oscar Hertwig and the Modern Age
Reference:”Handbuch der vergleichenden und experimentellen Entwickelungslehre der Wirbeltiere
3.  Richard Owen's Catalogues - An Enduring Legacy
Reference:”Descriptive Catalogue of the Osteological Series contained in the Museum of the Royal College of Surgeons of England
4.  My cyclostome library
5.  The Internet - The pathos of information
6.  My booksman's Holidays

1.  Francis Balfour: A Prodigy Dies Young
Reference:”A Treatise on Comparative Embryology
2.  Gavin de Beer - My lifelong mentor and idol
Reference:”The Development of the Vertebrate Skull
3.  Vergleichende Anatomie der Wirbeltiere
Reference:”Vergleichende Anatomie der Wirbeltiere
4.  Ramón y Cajal,la estrella de España
Reference:”Histology of the Nervous System of Man and Vertebrates Vols.1 & 2
5.  J. Henri Fabre :My Souvenirs entomologiques
Reference:”Souveniers entomologiques Vol.1-10
6.  Saturnid Vagaries
Reference:”Souveniers entomologiques Vol.1-10


1.  Resolving the avian form:At the border between science and natural history
Reference:”Bird of America(Original title:AUDUBON'S Birds of America.)
2.  The Power of the Picture Book: Fritz Müller's Comparative Embryology
Reference:”Facts and Arguments for Darwin
3.  Recapitulation: Yes or No? Revisiting von Baer
Reference:”Über Entwickelungsgeschichte der Thiere.”
4.  Curves that refuse to be copied: The visual delights of embryology
Reference:”Contributions to embryology