Hyman, came from a Polish village, name of Konin, located in a part of 1 Libbie Henrietta Hyman left with the Academy a brief autobiography of about. “This issue of Novitates consists of papers presented at a symposium on the life and work of American zoologist Dr. Libbie Henrietta Hyman, , held at. Hyman received her Ph.D. degree from the University of Chicago (), where she had a research appointment (–31) under the.

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Some features of this site may not work without it. American Museum novitates ; no. Winston provides an introduction to Libbie Hyman’s early years.

Libbie Henrietta Hyman | American zoologist |

Growing up in Fort Dodge, Iowa, young Libbie demonstrated a love of nature and a drive for learning that eventually led to a scholarship at the University of Chicago, where she majored in zoology. Jane Maienschein covers Libbie Hyman’s Chicago period.

During that period Libbie gained experience in experimental biology by participation in Charles Manning Child’s research program on metabolic gradients, which applied the “Chicago style” of biology.

The lack of good manuals for the comparative anatomy and zoology labs she taught as a graduate student led Libbie to develop her own laboratory manuals, published by the University of Chicago Press.

Marvalee Wake discusses Libbie Hyman’s interactions with the press about these guides. Hyman’s correspondence with press officials revealed her growing frustration as she desired more time to work on invertebrates, but was persuaded to revise vertebrate anatomy texts instead.


Despite her protests, her seminal ideas and approaches to learning vetebrate anatomy were profoundly important. Hyman left Chicago to pursue the invertebrate work that interested her most-and found a welcome in G. With his help she obtained an unpaid position as a research associate, office space, and use of the AMNH library, vital to her project, a treatise on invertebrate zoology.

Libbie Henrietta Hyman : life and contributions. American Museum novitates ; no. 3277

Neil Landman outlines the history of that Department in the Museum, and Libbie’s connection with it. Patricia Morse discusses Dr.

Hyman’s influence on invertebrate zoology in general. Her treatise set the tone for invertebrate zoology courses and the publication of books on the subject. Each volume was eagerly received by zoologists, not only for thorough coverage of the literature including non-English language literaturebut also for uniformity of approach, comprehensive illustrations, and thoughtful synthesis of phylogenetic relationships for each group covered.

Libbie Henrietta Hyman : life and contributions. American Museum novitates ; no.

Robert Ogren discusses Libbie Hyman’s contributions to land planarian taxonomy. Hyman was the first American zoologist recognized as an authority on Turbellaria, Tricladida, and Terricola. Contributions began after her appointment as research associate at the American Museum of Natural History and continued for 25 years, resulting in 11 taxonomic papers, the last published in Seth Tyler discusses Libbie Hyman’s overall influence on the systematics of turbellarian flatworms, especially through the comprehensive review of flatworms published in Volume II of The Invertebrates.


The system of classification she adopted for the phylum Platyhelminthes was that of Bresslau, dating to Modern systematists have clarified the phylogenetic relationships of flatworm groups, in particular by using characters discerned with electron microscopy; and application of principles of cladistic systematics has been important in grouping turbellarians and the major groups of parasitic flatworms into supraordinal taxa.

A number of competing systems for these higher-level groupings have been proposed, and these are being tested with molecular techniques comparing nucleic-acid sequences. Still, the current best-accepted system clearly bears Libbje stamp; her views of evolution in the phylum and its taxonomy are still relevant”–P. Show full libbiie record.

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