Posts by Madeleine Muzdakis

Madeleine Muzdakis

Madeleine Muzdakis is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met and a historian of early modern Britain & the Atlantic world. She holds a BA in History and Mathematics from Brown University and an MA in European & Russian Studies from Yale University. Madeleine has worked in archives and museums for years with a particular focus on photography and arts education. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys hiking, film photography, and studying law while cuddling with her cat Georgia.
June 3, 2024

World’s Largest Wildlife Crossing Allows Animals to Safely Pass over Highway in California

Los Angeles is famous for its broad, congested highways full of cars inching bumper to bumper through traffic. These legendary many-lane highways teeming with vehicles are annoying to commuters, but they're deadly to local wildlife who can end up as roadkill. Highway 101 runs through Los Angeles County, dividing the habitats of the Santa Monica Mountains and the Simi Hills in the Santa Susana range.

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June 1, 2024

Archeologists Unearth a Rare Purple Pigment That Is More Valuable Than Gold

Purple today is the color associated with resplendent royalty. This association has a long history. 2,000 years ago, Roman emperors donned the color to reflect their power and wealth, as purple was one of the rarest, most work-intensive dyes. Made from snails, a dye called Tyrian Purple was one of the most coveted substances in the Ancient Roman world.

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May 12, 2024

202-Million-Year-Old Ichthyosaur the Size of a Blue Whale May the World’s Largest Marine Reptile

Today, the blue whale is the king of the oceans, measuring nose to tail about 88 feet long and weighing over 200 pounds. These giants of the waves are the largest creatures on Earth, land or sea. The history of how creatures can grow so large is written in the famous colossal dinosaurs. Prehistoric giants tell us a lot about the evolution of large life, as a new discovery demonstrates.

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