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The Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) is a consortium of natural history and botanical libraries that cooperate to digitize and make accessible the legacy literature of biodiversity held in their collections and to make that literature available for open access and responsible use as a part of a global “biodiversity commons.” You can view collections at their beautiful new website and also through the Internet Archive. Not all the digitisations are made available under open licenses so be sure to check terms before re-use. Visit The Biodiversity Heritage Library site OUR CONTENT FROM THE BIODIVERSITY HERITAGE LIBRARY

Photographs of Sea Stars (1917)

Strangely alluring images from a report by German zoologist Ludwig Heinrich Philipp Döderlein on starfish collected during the Siboga Expedition around Indonesia….more

Transference of Thoughts (1885)

The drawings in this picture were made by one person drawing something, after which another person tried to copy it without seeing the originally drawn picture….more

Ernst Haeckel’s Radiolaria (1862)

According to Wikipedia Radiolaria are “protozoa of (diameter 0.1–0.2 mm) that produce intricate mineral skeletons, typically with a central capsule dividing the…more

Pollen Up Close (1837)

Illustrations of various strains of pollen in extreme magnification, as featured in Ueber den Pollen (1837), a book by St. Petersburg based German pharmacist and ch…more