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Article ID: 695116

Asteroid Impact Grounded Bird Ancestors

Cornell University

An international team of scientists has concluded the asteroid that smashed into Earth 66 million years ago not only wiped out the dinosaurs, but erased the world’s forests and the species that lived in trees. The researchers say only small ground-dwelling birds survived the mass extinction, profoundly changing the course of bird evolution.

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    23-May-2018 5:45 AM EDT

Article ID: 694616

ESF Lists Top 10 New Species for 2018

SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

The large and small, beautiful and bizarre are among the newly discovered animals, plants and microbes announced by the College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) as the Top 10 New Species for 2018.

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21-May-2018 6:00 AM EDT
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Article ID: 694942

Fluid Dynamics May Play Key Role in Evolution of Cooperation

University of Notre Dame

In a new study, physicists at the University of Notre Dame examined how the mechanical properties of an environment may shape the social evolution of microbial populations.

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22-May-2018 12:05 PM EDT
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Article ID: 694602

Scientists Predict Number of Undiscovered Mammal Species

University of Georgia

There are probably 303 species of mammals left to be discovered by science, most of which are likely to live in tropical regions, according to a predictive model developed by a team of University of Georgia ecologists.

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15-May-2018 12:05 PM EDT
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    15-May-2018 11:30 AM EDT

Article ID: 694308

Worm-Eating Mice on Small Island Hold Clues to Evolution

Florida State University

Researchers found that four species of mice evolved from a common ancestor on Mindoro Island in the Philippines, making it the smallest known island where one kind of mammal has branched out into many more species.

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9-May-2018 4:20 PM EDT
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Article ID: 694015

Decoding Extinction

Swarthmore College

A new National Science Foundation grant awarded to Professor of Statistics Steve Wang will help him, his students, and a recent alumna decode why the Earth may be entering a modern extinction.

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3-May-2018 3:05 PM EDT
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Article ID: 693713

Moffitt Researchers Use Mathematical Modeling and Evolutionary Principles To Show Importance of Basing Treatment Decisions on Tumor Responses

Moffitt Cancer Center

TAMPA, Fla. – Cancer patients are commonly treated with the maximum dose they are able to withstand that does not cause too many toxic side effects.  However, many patients become resistant to these treatments and develop cancer recurrence.  Researchers at Moffitt Cancer Center are using mathematical modeling based on evolutionary principles to show that adaptive drug treatments based on tumor responses to prior treatment are more effective than maximum-tolerated dose approaches for certain tumor situations.

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30-Apr-2018 11:05 AM EDT
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Article ID: 692613

The Skull’s Petrous Bone and What It Can Tell Us About Ancient Humans: Q & A with Genetic Archaeologist David Reich

NIH, National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)

Genetic archaeologist David Reich discusses how DNA retrieved from inch-long bone in the skull has accelerated our understanding of ancient humans.

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12-Apr-2018 9:00 AM EDT
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Article ID: 691753

Virus Found to Adapt Through Newly Discovered Path of Evolution

University of California San Diego

Biologists have discovered evidence for a new path of evolution, and with it a deeper understanding of how quickly organisms such as viruses can adapt to their environment. The findings, which address mysteries of how genes acquire new functions and how mutations arise, apply to investigations of viral diseases.

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27-Mar-2018 5:00 AM EDT
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    28-Mar-2018 7:00 AM EDT

Article ID: 691783

Sea Turtles Use Flippers to Manipulate Food

PeerJ

Sea turtles use their flippers to handle prey despite the limbs being evolutionarily designed for locomotion, a discovery by Monterey Bay Aquarium researchers published today in PeerJ.

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27-Mar-2018 11:00 AM EDT
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