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U.S. Biologists to Visit Iran

Environmental News Network

November 8, 1999, After 20 years of being closed off to the United States, a group of researchers from the University of California, Berkeley traveled to Iran this summer to explore the flora and fauna of the country.

Ted Papenfuss, a professor of integrative biology characterized the country's fauna as "unique." "Because of its geographic location, between Asia and Europe, Iran is extremely biologically interesting," he said. The vertebrate zoology team from the university was in Iran for five weeks in June and July and gathered 700-900 reptiles and frogs and 200 mammal specimens for further study.