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

Evolution more complex than ‘survival of the fittest’ had us believe

By re-barcoding the DNA of yeast, researchers were able to follow evolution for approximately 1,000 generations, finding surprises along the way.

Clea Simon • harvard
Nov. 13, 2019 ~4 min

Tags:  science-technology  dna  evolution  physics  yeast  organismic-and-evolutionary-biology  alex-n-nguyen-ba  barcoding  ivana-cvijovic  michael-desai

Harvard Museum of Natural History gives hands-on lab work to middle school educators

Mansi Srivastava's lab worked with middle school teachers in an education workshop on DNA and evolution.

Harvard Gazette • harvard
July 30, 2019 ~2 min

Tags:  science-technology  graduate-school-of-arts-and-sciences  harvard-museum-of-natural-history  mansi-srivastava  organismic-and-evolutionary-biology  real-science-untangling-evolutionary-trees  monique-harrington  needham-public-schools

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’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

New NASA program studies sea and sky to better understand ocean worlds in space

A new NASA-funded program will study water worlds and environments to understand the limits of life as part of the search for life on other planets.

Clea Simon • harvard
July 1, 2019 ~5 min

Tags:  science-technology  water  fas  clea-simon  organismic-and-evolutionary-biology  christopher-german  donna-blackman  exploring-ocean-worlds  network-for-ocean-worlds  peter-girguis  tori-hoebler  volcanoes  woods-hole-oceanographic-institution

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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