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MSU researcher helps discover new Indonesian bird

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If you discovered a new species that no one had ever seen before, what would you name it? For most of us, that’s a hypothetical question. But not for Dr. Pam Rasmussen, an assistant professor in the department of Integrative Biology at MSU, and assistant curator at the MSU Museum. She has named and described nine species of birds that were new to science and was part of a team that recently described a new bird species in Indonesia.Current State host Mark Bashore talks with Dr. Rasmussen about the process of describing and naming new species.

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