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Standing on two feet or four: Switchbacks in dino evolution - October, 2018
Last month, researchers announced the discovery of an enormous dinosaur in South Africa. Ledumahadi mafube weighed as much as two elephants and lived around 200 million years ago. Scientists were surprised to find that such a big dinosaur was so ancient. L. mafube was the largest dinosaur known from its time, and the closely related sauropods (true behemoths which grew to be seven times as large as L. mafube and included the largest land animals ever) achieved their massive sizes much later. Evidence also suggests that this new dinosaur walked on four legs -- a finding that highlights the fact that evolution represents a blossoming of diversity, not a linear march of “advancement” along a set track.

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Pleistocene puzzle cover page A Pleistocene Puzzle: Extinction in South America
In this comic, you'll follow the investigation of scientists Maria and Miguel as they solve a paleontological mystery. About 11,000 years ago, more than 80% of the large animal species in South America went extinct. Why did it happen? Maria and Miguel study an area in Chile called Ultima Esperanza. They discover many different lines of evidence that point to a warming climate and the arrival of humans as key causes of the extinctions.
Hubble Telescope A Place for Life: A special astronomy exhibit of Understanding Evolution
Biology and paleontology provide an increasingly detailed picture of the evolution of life. Natural selection has resulted in a huge range of organisms living in a multitude of environments, and the geological record shows us how the Earth as a whole has changed over time. To understand the stage on which the evolution of life plays out, however, we must turn to astronomy.
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.
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.

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