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and exploring evolution and speciation in deep time through art
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scientific writing experience for students. Nabokov’s vocation with
blue butterflies through his handiwork, his deliberate and detailed
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wonder and creativity. When students have an opportunity to
become naturalists at the schools they seek knowledge from, the
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