Institution of Biological and Ecological Research

Institution of Biological and Ecological Research

Postby EDominus » Wed Sep 12, 2018 10:45 pm

Institution of Biological and Ecological Research (IBER) is a international nonprofit scientific organization dedicated to the research and understanding of life on Terra. IBER also is dedicated to reporting this research to the international community, so the whole world may advance in biological research and education for the welfare of society.


Founded in 4444, the organization is headquartered in the city of LaFarge (Pirland, Likatonia) and conducts several missions each year to various locations around the world. It also does work in part with the LaFarge University, and various other international organizations.

(OOC: Basically this is an "international geographic". Posts should be in article-like format and help RP the biology and geographic makeup of Terra.)
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Biography of Carlos Dominguez, The Theory of Evolution
By Lewis Brown

Carlos Roberto Dominguez, was an Egelian naturalist, biologist, and sociologist that lived in the 1700s. He is credited for founding the field of anthropology and being the first to propose the theory of evolution.

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Carlos Dominguez was born to a large family in Cabo Rozevia, located in Ghadrash/Yadráz, in 1703. His family were the decedents of wealthy merchants in the region. His father, Roberto Dominguez, was famous statesman, supporting republican & humanist ideas that were revolutionary at the time. His mother, Susana Emilio-Dominguez, was the daughter of Leonardo Emilio, a prominent Egelian colonial governor in Dovani.

Dominguez was home schooled until the age of thirteen, where then he and his siblings eventually moved to his grandfather's colony of San Lorenzo (in what is today Sekowo). He worked there as doctor's apprentice till the age of eighteen before moving back to Egelion to work for his father. But Dominguez became disinterested in the law, finding it tedious and longed to return to Dovani. He got his chance two years later when the Egelion-Dul Kinean War broke out in 1723 and Dominguez and his family were forced to flee back to San Lorenzo.

While in the colony, Dominguez became fascinated with the various peoples and wildlife on the Dovani continent. His interest only grew after working for a year with several Canrillaise traders, who collected various shells, fossils, and animal skins, the so-called Treasure's of Dovani.

In 1726, Dominguez moved to the colony of Lourenne where he joined an expedition crew that planned to explore the Kuleke Sea. This expedition was the voyage of DLM LaVictoire. The venture lasted seven years, as the ship began from Valois and traveled across Temania, Dovani, and Vascania, before concluding in Rois dePointé.

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Map of the DLM LaVictoire Voyage (November 1726-June 1733) Red is department voyage, Blue is returning voyage

During the voyage, Dominguez documented various forms of wildlife and fossils. He was particularly fascinated with the Rapa Pile, and the various animals on the islands. While stopping on the Isle of Rapua, Dominguez took note of the finches on the island. This is where he first wrote down his theory of natural selection.

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Finches Dominguez found in Rapa Pile

The act of natural selection is the transfusion of a species elsewhere for its environment. This transfusion is the result of the organisms to survive and adapt: ​​changing their physical characteristics. For example, allow us to contemplate the Rapua finches. These birds have similar bodies, with shape and size. Also these birds contain similar collation art. But these birds do have different beaks, each of different size and function. It is my own belief that through natural selection, these finches separated. Each one adapting to its environment and changing because of it.



After Dominguez returning to Lourenne, he published his first book: The Voyage of DLM LaVictoire. The book was an edited copy of the journal he had written on the voyage. The book found originally found little success in Lourenne, selling only a thousand copies. Dominguez, disillusioned, returned to Egelion a few months after the books publication. While in Egelion, Dominguez married his cousin, Mercedes Emilio, and became a father.

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But during the late 1740s, Dominguez's book became extremely popular, especially in Luthori and its academic communities. Dominguez, learning about this, then published a second book where he explained more on his theory, this was Rapa Pile: The Theory of Natural Selection. The book became instantly successful, sparking debates within various academic societies and nations. This divide eventually lead to some nations banning the publication of the book.

Fearing being attacked, Dominguez and his family moved to San Lorenzo, where they bought a small manor. Dominguez continued his observations and research, but he was specifically fascinated with humans & how humanity fit into his theory. He eventually went on an expedition to the interior of Dovani where he observed the various Macaco monkey species. He concluded that humans must have evolved from a type of Macaco, since humans resembled them so much. He also concluded that native peoples were closer related to Macacos, that is why they didn't develop technology as fast. Dominguez's observations were published in 1752 in his final book, History of Humanity. The book did not sell as well as Rapa Pile, but was just as significant. It was the first book to introduce the scientific ideas that would become the foundation of anthropology, and infamously introduced the ideas of scientific racism and the idea that some groups were more evolved than others. Some today still argue if History of Humanity is more scientific or political.

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The Sekowan Macaco, also called the Snow Monkey, is one of the main Macaco species Dominguez documented in his book History of Humanity.

The final years of Dominguez's life were peaceful.
He spent most of his days learning about the things he saw and travelling around Dovani to speak about his findings.
He died April 22nd, 1768 at the age of 65, likely do to smallpox.

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Dominguez's life was a fascinating one of adventure and discovery. Without his contributions to science, the age of revolutions and philosophy that followed may have not occurred. We even see today how Dominguez's ideas still echo, even hundreds of years later.
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Postby EDominus » Sun Sep 30, 2018 8:30 pm

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Age of Monsters: The Megalosaurs
How Megalosaurs were Discovered
By Philip Matthews and Maria Gonzalez

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When people talk about prehistoric creatures only one group comes to mind: Megalosaurs!

The study Megalosaurs began in the late 1680s after Luthori scientists discovered the bones of a large reptilian creature they dubbed Dinosaurus ("terrible lizard") buried in countryside. In 1718, Sir Owen Richardson, Luthori's leading paleontologist, first coined the term "megalosaur." Richardson had examined several bones, notably Dinosaurus and Luthosaurus ("Luthori's Lizard") fossils. Richardson found that these creatures were larger then any living reptile, they lived on land, and had their legs under them instead of the side like other lizards. He concluded that these creatures were a part of a new group which he called Megalosauria or megalosaurs. The word comes from ancient Kalopian word megali ("great") and sauros ("lizard" or "reptile").

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Drawing of Luthosaurus, by (1721)

At first scientists produced images like the one above, very inaccurate to modern standards. To many scientists of the early 1700s, dinosaurs were lumbering beasts that dragged there tails around, and fought eat other. This image stuck around for around 50 years, until famous Dundorfian paleontologist, Anton von Hamburg, began reconstructing various megalosaur fossils. He had discovered that megalosaurs did not drag their tails as depicted, and appeared more humanoid in shape. This became known as Hamburg or Humanoid model, which became the lasting image of megalosaurs till the 1900s.

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Sketch of Luthosaurus, by Anton von Hamburg (1779)

In 1935, a group of Dorvish paleontologists lead by Karl Bleich, discovered something that would again change the image of megalosaurs. While excavating in modern day Vanuku, the group had found the fossil of Paleopteryx ("prehistoric wing"), the first fossil of a megalosaur with wings. Bleich's team quickly brought the fossils to Dundorf, where the scientific community debated the question: Did megalosaurs evolve into birds? This debate lasted for hundreds of years, as the paleontologist community split into two camps: megalo-evolutionists and megalo-seperatists.

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Paleopteryx fossil discovered in Vanuku by Bleich's team. (1936)

The debate hit a boiling point when a fossilized bird exhibit in the Luthori History Museum was destroyed by megalo-seperatists and Hosian radicals in 2052. To prevent more fossils from being destroyed an intellectual committee was gathered so the debate could finally be settled. This committee allowed both sides to express there views and bring forth scientific evidence. Ultimately the committee voted in favor of the megalo-evolutionists theory, and officially adopted it as scientific fact.
Elmo Hertzfeld, the leading advocate of megalo-evolutionism, said this:
With science finally adopting evolution of birds as truth, we can finally get a picture of what megalosaurs really looked like. Not scaly monsters, not lizard people, but colorful feathered creatures.


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Megalo-Evolutionism, by Jean-Louis Micheaux (3678)

Today, over ten thousand different species of megalosaurs have been discovered. Ranging in size, shape, and texture. Discoveries have been found, edited, adopted, and reevaluated. Megalosaurs have become a staple of pop culture, and will always remain a manifestation of humanity's never ending curiosity.

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Herd of Luthosaurus, by James Edwards (4266)
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