¡No A La Mina!

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Sebastian Lotzkat
Achim G. Reisdorf
Dr. Israel

ⓒ Ohm Resistance (2014), on_lap_records (2014)

This track is an audio realization of a Science Slam text by Sebastian Lotzkat


Dedicated to indigenous peoples of the world in their struggle for rights, autonomy, and control of their lands.

And a greeting to all the hitherto undiscovered species of reptiles!



Papel Calle (audio samples)


Lord Mouse (audio samples)

Vienecontrailer (video samples)

Ngöbe Mission (video samples)


*) Lotzkat, S.; Hertz, A. & Köhler, G. (2012): A new species of Sibon (Squamata: Colubroidea: Dipsadidae) from the Cordillera Central of western Panama, with comments on other species of the genus in the area. -- Zootaxa, 3485: 26-40.

Lotzkat, S.; Hertz, A.; Bienentreu, J.-F. & Köhler, G. (2012): Distribution and variation of the giant alpha anoles (Squamata: Dactyloidae) of the genus Dactyloa in the highlands of western Panama, with the description of a new species formerly referred to as D. microtus. -- Zootaxa, 3626 (1): 001--054.

**) Lotzkat, S. (2012/2013): Wer bin ich -- und wenn ja, wie viele? (Science Slam presentation)

***) Lotzkat, S. (2013): GEO, 3, März.

Footage 1: No a la Mina - Marcha 4 1 12 - Esquel © Vienecontrailer

Footage 2: ¡Sí a la Vida! ¡No a la Mina! © Ngöbe Mission



¡No a la mina!

¡No a la mina!

¡No a la mina!

¡No a la mina!


It is the nature of humans to organize complicated matters.

Biological systematics, for example,

Biological systematics, for example,

arrange something exceptionally complex, that is,

all known organisms:

in classes, families, and genera.

Its fundamental category is the species.

Every known species receives a binomial scientific name.

This is crucial

This is crucial

not only for scientists,

but also for conservationists and policy makers,

since it enables us to talk about certain organisms:

rare species,

endangered species,

and new discoveries...

But biological species are not merely artificial categories --

they are a biological reality,

the units of evolution.

the units of evolution

All members of a given species share a common ancestor and can only

reproduce among each other.

Moreover, they play their own particular role in nature.

¡No a la mina!

¡No a la mina!

¡No a la mina!


In my PhD project I aim at clarifying which reptile species inhabit the

highlands of western Panama.

For twelve months, I have searched their moisture-dripping rainforests for

lizards and snakes, chiefly at night.

These species were documented and retained for the scientific community,

in order to verify the existence of a certain organism at a certain place.

Simply tweeting a photo from your iPhone does not suffice here.

Most importantly, it is often only the scrutiny of these specimens back at the

laboratory that reveals subtle peculiarities which can be overlooked in the


Sometimes it takes genetic analyses to determine that certain species were

misidentified at first --

or even differ from all known species.

In the latter case,

they are described as representatives of a new species,

the units of evolution

and the true labor only begins:

one more of the estimated 10 to 100 million pieces comprising the puzzle of


has to be distinguished unequivocally

and in writing from the two million known species of life.

This is crucial

This is crucial

unequivocally and in writing

As a reward for completing the work of species descriptions is the ability to

choose the second part of the species binomial nomenclature.

A cute snake is now known as Sibon noalamina, since it pertains to the genus

Sibon and inhabits the indigenous autonomy territory of the Ngöbe people.

The Ngöbe people use the slogan "¡No a la mina!" Spanish for "No to the

mine!" in their protests against ruthless mining companies,

protecting their lands from exploitation.

¡No a la mina!

¡No a la mina!

¡No a la mina!

¡No a la mina!

My latest new species discovery

is that of a beautiful lizard.

This creature has been confused with a similar species for 75 years.

Since it bears similarly enchanting blue eyes,

I named it after my fiancée.

¡No a la mina!

¡No a la mina!

¡No a la mina!






released June 18, 2014
Sebastian Lotzkat (research*, text**, ***, cover photo, various photos)
Achim G. Reisdorf (samples, executive producer)
Dr. Israel (voice)
Kurt Gluck (music, video, production)
Svevo Mariani (organ)



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