Topic: Department of Geological Sciences

Birds Reinvent Voice Box in Novel Evolutionary Twist

Sept. 24, 2018
syrinx and larynx

Birds tote around two vocal organs inside their bodies, but only one works. New research suggests that this distinct avian anatomy arose because birds opted for building a brand new vocal organ.

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T. Rex Couldn’t Stick Out Its Tongue

June 20, 2018
incorrect dino tongue

Dinosaurs couldn’t stick out their tongues like lizards. Instead, their tongues were probably rooted to the bottoms of their mouths in a manner akin to alligators.

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Hidden “Rock Moisture” Could Explain Forest Surviving Drough

Feb. 26, 2018
Water storage

Research conducted by The University of Texas at Austin has found that a little-studied, underground layer of rock can hold significant amounts of water that may serve as a vital reservoir for trees in times of drought.

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Animal thought to be First Air Breather Loses Claim to Fame

July 5, 2017
Stephanie Suarez

New research led by the UT-Austin Jackson School of Geosciences has shown that the millipede thought to be the world’s oldest known air-breathing animal can no longer make that claim.

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Recovery after “Great Dying” Was Slowed by More Extinctions

March 15, 2017
fossilized snail shells

Researchers studying marine fossil beds have found that the world’s worst mass extinction was followed by two other extinction events, a conclusion that could explain why it took ecosystems millions of years to recover.

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