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Scorpion Expert Featured in CBS Video

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Associate Curator Lorenzo Prendini, the Museum’s resident scorpion expert, was recently featured in a CBS video about scorpions’ evolutionary history and their role in indicating climate change.

In the video below, Prendini recounts his most dangerous skirmish with a scorpion, which he was searching for at night using UV light. This technique causes scorpions to glow blue, much like the scorpions, part of Prendini’s research, featured in Picturing Science: Museum Scientists and Imaging Technologies on view in the Akeley Gallery. 

Video © 2011 CBS Interactive Inc. All rights reserved.

Prendini’s work is funded by the National Science Foundation.

Thumbnail on homepage: These burrowing scorpions fluoresce when exposed to UV light. © AMNH/L. Prendini.

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