The Zoological Society of London, founded by Sir Stamford Raffles in 1826, has published scientific papers in zoology since 1830, first as Proceedings and Transactions of the Zoological Society of London, and in 1966 these publications were merged to form the Journal of Zoology. We are delighted to celebrate the 50th anniversary of our journal by releasing a free Virtual Issue of 12 highly cited and influential papers published in Journal of Zoology over the past 50 years.
Furthermore, to celebrate this anniversary our October issue consists of a special selection of new research articles considered particularly interesting to our readers. Many of these articles are also featuring in the anniversary edition of the Journal of Zoology podcast. In this new episode you will hear authors summarizing the principal aims and findings of their studies, ranging from investigating the maximum length of giant squids, 3D-modeling of lion paws and tracks, and sexual dimorphism in an isopod crustacean with horns, to studying anti-predator colour adaptations in a blue-tailed lizard, anthropogenic food resource use in brown bears, tissue regeneration in unisexual salamanders and decomposition of ostrich carcasses, with implications for studying dinosaur fossils.
We hope you will enjoy these special features and celebrate with us 50 years of Journal of Zoology!