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Puzzle lovers sought to help process 220 fossil skeletons

Published: Jul 7th, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Now that the second field season of excavating fossils at a site west of Gainesville has ended, Florida Museum of Natural History paleontologists are gearing up to begin work on the approximately 220 skeletons and literally thousands of specimens uncovered between mid-September 2006 and May.

Expected deficit prompts UF hiring freeze

Published: Jul 2nd, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida is instituting a campuswide hiring freeze effective today in response to a projected deficit that could range from $20 million to $30 million caused by a significant decline in revenue and rising expenses.

Ozark salamander collecting a factor in population drop, study finds

Published: Jul 2nd, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — An endangered “giant” Ozark salamander is suffering an alarming population collapse, and a new Florida Museum of Natural History-led study shows illegal collecting, mostly attributed to the pet trade, contributed to the decline of these imperiled amphibians that can grow to 29 inches in length.