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Mammals' nocturnal past shapes sun sensitivity - September, 2015
As you soak up the last rays of the summer sun, here's something to think about: if it weren't for a quirk of our mammalian evolutionary past, your body could probably produce its own sunscreen. Back in May, researchers reported that they had discovered a mechanism by which zebrafish can generate a non-pigment-based sunscreen compound known as gadusol. They also found that the genes encoding the pathway for gadusol production are widespread; they are present in other fish species, as well as in amphibians, reptiles, and birds...

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Kim Bostwick How boogieing birds evolved: The work of Kim Bostwick
When ornithologist Kim Bostwick goes hunting with her binoculars, she's not just looking for birds; she's looking for untold evolutionary stories.
Jackson Njau CSI: Olduvai Gorge. The work of Jackson Njau
Follow paleoanthropologist Jackson Njau as he examines fossil evidence for clues of crocodile predation on early hominids.
Evo Connection Evo Connection slide sets
This series of short slide sets explain several basic biology topics in evolutionary terms. Each set includes notes to help you present every slide.
A fisheye view of the tree of life A fisheye view of the tree of life
Explore our interactive fish evolutionary tree to learn about amazing innovations that have evolved in the different lineages.


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