3D images of 19th-century glass marine invertebrates go online

Harvard has digitized 19th-century glass models of 15 marine invertebrates made by Rudolf and Leopold Blaschka. The 3D models are the result of between 250 to 700 images that had to be taken per glass piece.

Samantha Sarafin • harvard
Sept. 28, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: science-technology james-hanken museum-of-comparative-zoology david-brown drew-harvell jonathan-woodward mcz peter-fried

New paper suggests spinosaurus may have been aquatic

New paper argues the Spinosaurus was aquatic, and powered by predatory tail.

Clea Simon • harvard
April 29, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: science-technology robotics nature stephanie-pierce dinosaurs museum-of-comparative-zoology george-lauder nizar-ibrahim spinosaurus tails theropod

Mammalian vertebral columns may reflect pace of evolution

Researchers find clues to evolution in the intricate mammalian vertebral column.

Jed Gottlieb • harvard
Nov. 14, 2019 ~4 min

Tags:  science-technology  mammals  basic-research  fas  stephanie-pierce  paleontology  katrina-jones  nature-communications  museum-of-comparative-zoology  oeb  organismic-and-evolutionary-biology  jed-gottlieb  vertebral-column

Harvard’s Extavour debunks old hypotheses on insect eggs

Biology Professor Cassandra G. Extavour debunks old hypotheses about form and function on insect eggs using new big-data tool

Clea Simon • harvard
July 3, 2019 ~6 min

Tags:  evolution  fas  nature  ecology  clea-simon  health-medicine  museum-of-comparative-zoology  organismic-and-evolutionary-biology  bruno-as-de-medieros  cassandra-extavour  egg-shape  molecular-and-cellular-biology  samuel-church  seth-donoughe

Harvard researcher connects the dots in fin-to-limb evolution

With an innovative technique called anatomical network analysis, clear patterns emerge that help solve the puzzle of how fins became limbs 420 million years ago.

Clea Simon • harvard
May 21, 2019 ~5 min

Tags:  science-technology  evolution  fas  stephanie-pierce  fossils  clea-simon  borja-esteve-altava  john-hutchinson  julia-molnar  limbs  math  museum-of-comparative-zoology  oeb  organismic-and-evolutionary-biology  royal-veterinary-college  rui-diogo  tetrapods

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