Fossils reveal cozy, social life of this early mammal

The earliest evidence of mammal social behavior goes back to the age of dinosaurs, fossils of a rodent-like creature indicate.

Andrea Godinez-U. Washington • futurity
Nov. 3, 2020 ~6 min

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National parks may also preserve trait diversity

In addition to providing homes for endangered and threatened species, national parks can protect the trait diversity of mammals, new research finds.

Jeff Falk-Rice • futurity
Sept. 10, 2020 ~5 min

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Bugs, mice, and people may share one ‘brain ancestor’

New evidence suggests that the way brains work across the animal kingdom goes back to a common source, researchers report.

Daniel Stolte-Arizona • futurity
Aug. 7, 2020 ~10 min

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Mammals still deal with what ancient humans did

"Our study shows that mammal biodiversity in the tropics and subtropics today is still being shaped by ancient human events and climate changes."

Jade Boyd-Rice • futurity
Dec. 18, 2019 ~5 min

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Fossils show life’s recovery after dino-killing asteroid strike

"These fossils tell us for the first time how exactly our planet recovered from this global cataclysm."

U. Washington • futurity
Oct. 31, 2019 ~6 min

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Moose eat 40 pounds a day but stay picky

Moose require lots of food to keep moving, but they're surprisingly selective about the plants they eat. Here's how researchers found that out.

Liz Goodfellow-Futurity • futurity
Sept. 3, 2019 ~7 min

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Fossils bust myth about mammals in dinosaur age

New fossil evidence of mammals from the time of the dinosaurs "overturns a classical interpretation of how mammals evolved."

James Urton-Washington • futurity
June 24, 2019 ~7 min

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Dependable dads are key to big mammal brains

Fathers make it possible for mammal moms to raise particularly large-brained offspring, research finds. Other helpers just won't do.

Beat Müller-U. Zurich • futurity
June 6, 2019 ~4 min

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Our love of starch changed our genes (and our spit)

Mammals with starchy diets—us, dogs, and rats, as opposed to, say, hedgehogs and mountain lions—appear to have adapted, genetically, to stomach more carbs.

Charlotte Hsu-Buffalo • futurity
May 15, 2019 ~8 min

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Why S. America got more grass-eaters 6M years ago

About 7 to 6 million years ago, the the Hadley circulation intensified, changing the mammals of South America.

Mari Jensen-Arizona • futurity
May 2, 2019 ~6 min

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