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2009-05-26 07:11:04

Packs of hunting dogs, troops of baboons, herds of antelope: when people observe social animals, they are often struck by how intelligent they seem, and recent studies suggest that sociality has played a key role in the evolution of larger brain size among several orders of mammals. But new research from two evolutionary biologists, John Finarelli of the University of Michigan and John Flynn of the American Museum of Natural History, calls this hypothesis into question"”at least for the...

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2008-07-10 08:20:00

Large-brained simians of the New and Old Worlds independently arose from smaller-brained ancestors After taking a fresh look at an old fossil, John Flynn, Frick Curator of Paleontology at the American Museum of Natural History, and colleagues determined that the brains of the ancestors of modern Neotropical primates were as small as those of their early fossil simian counterparts in the Old World. This means one of the hallmarks of primate biology, increased brain size, arose independently in...

2007-11-27 09:00:25

By Goswami, Anjali Prochel, Jan The common European mole (Talpa europaea) has been the focus of many studies because of its fossorial lifestyle and related sensory and postcranial specializations. However, because of extensive fusion and pneumatization of the adult skull, many aspects of the cranial morphology of T. europaea are poorly understood. Here we present the 1st detailed study of cranial development in T. europaea, using an ontogenetic series of cleared and stained prenatal...


Word of the Day
mundungus
  • A stinking tobacco.
  • Offal; waste animal product; organic matter unfit for consumption.
This word comes from the Spanish 'mondongo,' tripe, entrails.