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A Black Scientist Was An Early Cicada Researcher. His Work Has Been Mostly Overlooked – NPR

Maryland intellectual and free Black man Benjamin Banneker’s observations about cicadas’ 17-year life cycle were among the earliest known to be documented. But…



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An adult cicada is seen on May 6, 2021.
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Benjamin Banneker a free Black man born in 1731 is best known for a land survey that established the original borders of Washington, D.C. But the naturalist also broke ground in another field: cicada research.
Banneker first observed the cicadas at his Maryland home as a teenager in 1740s. He spent the next 50 years documenting their unique life cycles the bugs come out of the ground for only a few weeks every 17 years. His observations were…

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