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Modern skeletal reference collections are essential tools to help with identifying fossil bones to family and species. Recently the Florisbad Quaternary Research Station (FQRS) entered into a partnership with the Zoology department of the McGregor Museum to collect and exchange material for our modern reference collections. This process meant clearing out material collected over many years by staff of the McGregor museum, including road-kills and specimens brought in by the general public. Material which has been housed in their freezers, but which is no longer appropriate for their own collections.

In a recently published paper by Ermilov et al in Systematic and Applied Acarology, an interesting morphological difference was discovered in the oribatid mite species, Coetzeella navalensis, which lives inside termite nests. Observations showed that in some individuals of this mite the anterior side of the prodorsum (head) is flat and smooth while other individuals have movable blades forming a ‘tube’.  Further studies are needed to confirm the mechanism and reason of this phenomenon and if it relates to living with termites.