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96-million-year-old fossil pollen sheds light on early pollinators

96-million-year-old fossil pollen sheds light on early pollinators

Published: Dec 20th, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The collapse of honeybee colonies across North America is focusing attention on the honeybees’ vital role in the survival of agricultural crops, and a new study by University of Florida and Indiana University Southeast researchers shows insect pollinators have likely played a key role in the evolution and success of flowering plants for nearly 100 million years.

Fossils excavated from Bahamian blue hole may give clues of early life

Fossils excavated from Bahamian blue hole may give clues of early life

Published: Dec 3rd, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Long before tourists arrived in the Bahamas, ancient visitors took up residence in this archipelago off Florida’s coast and left remains offering stark evidence that the arrival of humans can permanently change — and eliminate — life on what had been isolated islands, says a University of Florida researcher.

UF botanists: Flowering plants evolved very quickly into five groups

Published: Nov 26th, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida and University of Texas at Austin scientists have shed light on what Charles Darwin called the “abominable mystery” of early plant evolution.

UF study: Maya politics likely played role in ancient large-game decline

UF study: Maya politics likely played role in ancient large-game decline

Published: Nov 8th, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A University of Florida study is the first to document ancient hunting effects on large-game species in the Maya lowlands of Central America, and shows political and social demands near important cities likely contributed to their population decline, especially white-tailed deer.

Scientists find how amber becomes death trap for watery creatures

Published: Oct 18th, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Shiny amber jewelry and a mucky Florida swamp have given scientists a window into an ancient ecosystem that could be anywhere from 15 million to 130 million years old.

UF to auction naming rights for new butterfly species online

UF to auction naming rights for new butterfly species online

Published: Oct 15th, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — In an apparent first for butterflies, the Florida Museum of Natural History will auction the naming rights for a newly discovered species online to raise money for butterfly research.

UF scientists discover new genus of frogmouth bird in Solomon Islands

UF scientists discover new genus of frogmouth bird in Solomon Islands

Published: Apr 19th, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Your bird field guide may be out of date now that University of Florida scientists discovered a new genus of frogmouth bird on a South Pacific island.

Human pubic lice acquired from gorillas gives evolutionary clues

Published: Mar 7th, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Humans acquired pubic lice from gorillas several million years ago, but this seemingly seedy connection does not mean that monkey business went on with the great apes, a new University of Florida study finds.

UF study first to document evidence of ‘mafia’ behavior in cowbirds

UF study first to document evidence of ‘mafia’ behavior in cowbirds

Published: Mar 5th, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — “The Sopranos” have some competition — brown-headed cowbirds.

Study: Inhabitants of early settlement were desperate to find metals

Study: Inhabitants of early settlement were desperate to find metals

Published: Feb 22nd, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A new study provides evidence that the last inhabitants of Christopher Columbus’ first settlement desperately tried to extract silver from lead ore, originally brought from Spain for other uses, just before abandoning the failed mining operation in 1498. It is the first known European extraction of silver in the New World.