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The puzzling history of South American mammals

When the Isthmus of Panama formed, it connected North and South America, allowing the interchange of the previously separated faunas from two continents. A puzzling aspect of this interchange is that North American mammals seem to be more successful. The fossil record shows more mammals... click to read more

  • Juan D. Carrillo | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, CNRS, Sorbonne Université, Paris, France; Gothenburg Global Biodiversity Centre, Gothenburg, Sweden
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Nov 17, 2021
Finding the novelty in nature

In the 1970s, Nintendo, a company that owned taxis and hotels and made playing cards and instant rice, began to make video games. This changed the company forever. Communities of species that live together in nature are somewhat like a business. Each species is a... click to read more

  • Timothy L. Staples | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at the School of Biological Sciences, The University of Queensland, Queensland, Australia
  • John M. Pandolfi | Professor at Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at the School of Biological Sciences, The University of Queensland, Queesland, Australia
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Oct 18, 2021
The crocodile that crossed an ocean

How many times have you been thinking about a crocodile while swimming in the sea or in the ocean? Probably not a single time. For most of us, the chance of meeting a crocodile while swimming in salt water is unlikely. However, in some areas... click to read more

  • Massimo Delfino | Associate Professor at Department of Earth Sciences, University of Torino, Italy
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Aug 27, 2021
How the ancient ‘hell ant’ got its bizarre horn

Imagine our planet about 145-66 million years ago during the ancient Cretaceous period. Dinosaurs may perhaps come first into your mind as the most iconic ancient animal. But of course, many other organisms lived together as parts of the ancient ecosystem, including ants. Many ancient ants... click to read more

  • Christine E. Sosiak | PhD Student at Department of Biological Sciences, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, New Jersey, USA
  • Phillip Barden | Assistant Professor at Department of Biological Sciences, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, New Jersey, USA
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Reading time 3 min
published on Apr 20, 2021