Exhibition Overview
Philodendron affine, Biologia Centrali-Americana, Botany v. 5 | Biodiversity Heritage Library
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Sciurus griseogenys, Biologia Centrali-Americana, Mammalia | Biodiversity Heritage Library

For further reading on any of the people and subjects featured on the site, please consider consulting the Latino Natural History collection in the Biodiversity Heritage Library, as well as the list of resources consulted in the creation of this exhibition, which is included on the BHL wiki.


This exhibition features some of the natural scientists who are from — or are descendants of people from — Mexico, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Central and South America, often referred to collectively as Latin America. These Latino/a naturalists have influenced the study of the world's flora and fauna, and in many cases provided the foundation for the study of science in their home countries. Each card links to a collection of related items, which are available to read for free in the Biodiversity Heritage Library. This exhibition was made possible thanks in large part to a Smithsonian Women’s Committee grant.