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The casual posting of a misidentified photograph led to a tweet exchange among Chris Martine, Bucknell University; Ryan Folk, Florida Museum of Natural History; and Scott Schuette, Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program in June 2017. The scientists used their private accounts to conduct a discussion about the specific species identified. This exchange opened the possibility of a previously unknown range of a rare species, which Martine explored further and documented in the scientific publication PhytoKeys.

Tweet id: 873120823464218624

user ID: @MartineBotany

Related records included in this repository are "The hidden Heuchera: How science Twitter uncovered a globally imperiled species in Pennsylvania, USA" and "Rappelling Scientists Find Rare Species Hiding for 100+ Years | Plants Are Cool, Too!"


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The initial exchange of six tweets is captured as a WARC file with later discussion, public notice, and references to Heuchera alba captured as a supplemental WARC file, a JSON file with markup is also included. The WARC files may be read with Wayback, WebArchivePlayer or another web archive software.

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