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The tradition of scholarly publishing at the Smithsonian dates back to the Institution’s origin. In keeping with James Smithson’s stipulation that his bequest to the United States be “for the increase and diffusion of knowledge,” Joseph Henry, the first Secretary of the Smithsonian (1846–1878), initiated in 1848 the Institution’s first publication, Smithsonian Contributions to Knowledge. The tradition continues today with Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press (SISP).

One of several offices operating within the Smithsonian’s Office of the Deputy Under Secretary for Collections and Interdisciplinary Support, SISP publishes research by Smithsonian scholars in many fields – particularly science, art and art history, aviation and space, and history and material culture – and research closely related to Smithsonian collections.

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Catalog of Type Specimens of Recent Mammals: Rodentia (Myomorpha, Anomaluromorpha, and Hystricomorpha) in the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution

By Robert D. Fisher and Craig A. Ludwig

Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology, no. 642

The type collection of Recent mammals in the Division of Mammals, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, contains 945 specimens bearing names of 931 species-group taxa of Rodentia (Myomorpha, Anomaluromorpha, and Hystricomorpha) as of August 2013. This catalog presents an annotated list of these holdings comprised of 905 holotypes, 16 lectotypes, 8 syntypes (48 specimens), and 2 neotypes.

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Grasses of Washington, D.C.

By Kamal M. Ibrahim and Paul M. Peterson

Smithsonian Contributions to Botany, no. 99

A vegetative key, descriptions, and illustrations for the identification of 182 native and naturalized grasses that occur in Washington, D.C., are presented. In addition, we provide a glossary of terms and indexes to scientific and common names. The key is based on vegetative characters to allow identification of specimens that primarily do not have flowering structures (inflorescences and spikelets).

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A Chance for Lasting Survival: Ecology and Behavior of Wild Giant Pandas

English edition edited by William J. McShea, Richard B. Harris, David L. Garshelis, and Wang Dajun

From 1984 through 1995 a small band of ecologists led by Pan Wenshi from Peking University conducted a study of wild giant pandas in the Qinling Mountains of Shaanxi Province. This project was the first Chinese-led conservation project in China and was conducted during a significant transition period in Chinese history, as the country opened its society and science to the world. This English version translates, condenses, and refines the original 2001 Mandarin publication on this pioneering field work.

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Mammals of Ungava and Labrador: The 1882-1884 Fieldnotes of Lucien M. Turner together with Inuit and Innu Knowledge

Edited by Scott A. Heyes and Kristofer M. Helgen

From 1882 to 1884, the Smithsonian Arctic scientist Lucien Turner was stationed at the Hudson's Bay Company trading post of Ft. Chimo in Ungava Bay, Canada. Officially, he was there to collect meteorological data, but he soon expanded his observations to studies of the natural history of the region and ethnography of the Inuit and Innu. This book presents his remarkable unpublished notes on the mammals of the region, many derived from Inuit and Innu knowledge and stories.

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