Did you know?
• One area of rainforest in Surinam (Suriname), the Central Suriname Nature Reserve, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Not reached easily even today, and far too far into the interior for Merian to have visited, it covers an enormous area (1.6 million ha) of pristine tropical forest.
• Maria Sibylla Merian’s work laid the foundations of modern entomology. Three hundred years after her death, some of her classifications of butterflies and moths are still in use.
• The word Metamorphosis has its origin in Greek words meaning transformation. It means the changes in the life cycle of an insect from egg to adult, or of an animal say, from tadpole to frog.
• Study of the natural world, and scientific thought in general, developed at such an extraordinary rate in the late 17th and 18th-centuries that it has been called the Scientific Revolution.