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Sharks, Seals, and the Balance of Power at Sea

Imagine, like a young Darwin on the Beagle, you took an ocean voyage to observe the natural history of the world. If you were to survey the great predators of the sea, you might notice a curious pattern: near tropical shorelines, "cold-blooded" sharks and bony... click to read more

  • John Grady | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Department of Fisheries and Wildlife and Department of Forestry, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, USA
Views 185
Reading time 4 min
published on Oct 16, 2019
Sea otters make a splash

Picture yourself at the seaside, at Monterey Bay in California. The sun is bright. There's a fresh breeze; the water is smooth and blue... Wait - what's that hammering noise down by the rocks? A sea otter in the water holds a mussel between its... click to read more

  • Natalie Uomini | Senior Scientist at Department of Linguistic and Cultural Evolution, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Jena, Germany
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Oct 10, 2019
How to survive a viral apocalypse: a rabbit’s tale

In 1859, an English settler named Thomas Austin decided to import 24 rabbits from England to Australia so he could hunt on his property. He could have not been more successful, and by 1910, hundreds of millions of rabbits covered the entire continent. Thomas' success,... click to read more

  • Joel M. Alves | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
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Reading time 4 min
published on Sep 27, 2019
A four-legged ancestor led the way for early whales dispersal

The whales, dolphins, and porpoises (generally called "cetaceans") that we know today are fully aquatic mammals, spending their entire life in the water. Whereas the forelimbs of these hydrodynamic animals are transformed into flippers, mostly used for steering, their hind limbs are highly reduced, and... click to read more

  • Olivier Lambert | Group leader at Institut royal des Sciences naturelles de Belgique, D.O. Terre et Histoire de la Vie, Brussels, Belgium
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Reading time 4 min
published on Sep 16, 2019
Predators drive the evolution of multicellularity

Discussions about the evolution of multicellularity tend to focus on animals and plants, but there have actually been at least 25 independent origins of multicellularity in the history of life on this planet, including fungi, slime molds, several groups of algae, cyanobacteria and myxobacteria. So... click to read more

  • Kimberly Chen | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at School of Biological Sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
  • Matthew Herron | Senior Research Scientist at School of Biological Sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Sep 10, 2019