How turtles evolved their skulls

September 24, 2015

Turtles are famous for the their shells, but it was their skulls that led to the identification of the earliest known turtle - a 260 million-year-old, shell-less reptile known as Eunotosaurus africanus. Bhart-Anjan Bhullar, PhD, describes the discovery in a guest article for ScienceLife. [Read More]

The genes that make a woolly mammoth a woolly mammoth

July 2, 2015

In the first study of its kind, a team of researchers led by Vincent Lynch, PhD, assistant professor of human genetics at the University of Chicago, comprehensively analyzed the mammoth genome. They found extensive genetic changes that allowed mammoths to adapt to arctic life. The study also serves as a blueprint for "de-extincting" the mammoth, but whether it should be done is another question. [Read More]
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