Raven ‘queen’ missing from Tower of London, feared dead

One of the iconic ravens that resides in the Tower of London is missing, and officials fear the worst. Will the tower fall, as legend warns? (Probably not.) Merlina, a female raven (Corvus corax), joined the corvid community at the tower in 2007, and has reigned since then as “the ruler of the roost,” tower representatives […]

Saving the Caribbean queen conch

Thousands of empty conch shells line the shores of the Caribbean. Credit: Megan Davis With an estimated lifespan between 25 to 40 years, the queen conch (Strombus gigas) is a prized delicacy long harvested for food and is revered for its beautiful shell. Second only to the spiny lobster, it is one of the most […]

Elaborate Viking ship burial may have held a king or queen

It doesn’t look like much now — just a series of well-organized nails and a few fragments of rotted wood — but a Viking ship unearthed by archaeologists in Norway may have been the elaborate burial of a king, queen or powerful lord.  According to BBC News, the ship was an impressive 62 feet (19 […]