Findings on Rare Drawing Published by Boise State Art Professor 

Janice Neri, an assistant art history professor at

It turns out that Neri had a drawing of the pseudoscorpion from Robert Hooke's Micrographia, a text published in 1665, for centuries one of the definitive scientific textbooks around. This pseudoscorpion in Covel's notebook is only the second known surviving sketch for Micrographia. It is commonly thought that the other sketches were destroyed in London's great fire of 1666.

With the help of assistant biology professor Ian Robertson, Neri has been able to get her discovery published. In order to publish her finding in the Archives of Natural History, Neri needed to scientifically identify the drawings in the notebook and Robertson, an entomologist, was able to help her identify the insects.

Identification complete, Neri's finding was recently published in a spring edition of the Archives. She will return to London this summer to do more research.


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