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

Harvard researchers examine how mammal spines evolve

Harvard Researchers show what drives functional diversity in the spines of mammal.

Juan Siliezar • harvard
Feb. 3, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  science-technology  evolution  basic-research  fas  stephanie-pierce  katrina-jones  juan-siliezar  field-museum-of-natural-history  kenneth-angielczyk  mammal-backbones  nature-ecology-and-evolution

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 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

Harvard study models forelimbs of echidnas to shed light on evolution

Using a detailed, musculoskeletal model of an echidna forelimb, Harvard scientists are not only shedding light on how the little-studied echidna’s forelimbs work, but also opening a window into understanding how extinct mammals might have used those limbs.

Peter Reuell • harvard
Nov. 30, 2018 ~3 min

Tags:  science-technology  evolution  mammals  faculty-of-arts-and-sciences  fas  harvard  peter-reuell  reuell  echidna  echidnas  forelimb  mammal  mammal-evolution  models  monotreme  pierce  regnault  sophie-regnault  stephanie-pierce

Harvard study models forelimbs of echidnas to shed light on evolution

Using a detailed, musculoskeletal model of an echidna forelimb, Harvard scientists are not only shedding light on how the little-studied echidna’s forelimbs work, but also opening a window into understanding how extinct mammals might have used those limbs.

Peter Reuell • harvard
Nov. 30, 2018 ~3 min

Tags:  science-technology  evolution  mammals  faculty-of-arts-and-sciences  fas  harvard  peter-reuell  reuell  echidna  echidnas  forelimb  mammal  mammal-evolution  models  monotreme  pierce  regnault  sophie-regnault  stephanie-pierce

Study examines how mammal backbones changed during evolution

Harvard scientists are using the fossil record and a close examination of the vertebrae of thousands of modern animals to understand how and when specialized regions in the spines of mammals developed.

Peter Reuell • harvard
Oct. 19, 2018 ~5 min

Tags:  science-technology  evolution  mammals  faculty-of-arts-and-sciences  fas  harvard  peter-reuell  reuell  mammal  pierce  stephanie-pierce  science  backbone  backbone-regions  backbones  fossil  fossils  hox-genes  jones  katrina-jones  nonmammalian-synapsids  reptiles  spine  spine-regions  spines  synapsids  vertebrae

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