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

Theory that ridged skin helps dolphins debunked

New study debunks long-held theory that dolphins had ridged skin, which helped them swim faster.

Clea Simon • harvard
July 18, 2019 ~6 min

Tags:  science-technology  fas  clea-simon  oeb  organismic-and-evolutionary-biology  dolphin-skin  george-lauder  marine-mammal  royal-society-biology-letters-journal

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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