Topic: Jackson School of Geosciences

Mammal Forerunner Sheds Light on Brain Evolution

Aug. 29, 2018
Multiple kayentatherium skeletons

A newly described fossil of an extinct mammal relative — and her 38 babies — is among the best evidence that a key development in the evolution of mammals was trading brood power for brain power.

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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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Ice Shelves Compromised by Effects of Ocean and Atmosphere

June 13, 2018
Nansen

Scientists have discovered the world’s ice shelves are being destabilized from above and below and documented for the first time how these forces work together to carve off enormous pieces of ice and increase sea level.

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Life Recovered Rapidly at Site of Dino-Killing Impact

May 30, 2018
Recovery at Chicxulub crater

New research led by UT Austin has found that an impact crater created by the asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs was home to sea life less than a decade after impact.

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Rapid Evolution Fails to Save Butterflies from Extinction

May 9, 2018
Checkerspot

New research confirms that wild species can adapt quickly to human-induced change, but that the adaptation can cause deadly “eco-evolutionary traps” when humans introduce new resources and then quickly take them away.

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