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Endangered sawfish focus of national collection and recovery efforts

Endangered sawfish focus of national collection and recovery efforts

Published: Dec 1st, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida, keeper of the world’s shark attack records, is also now overseeing a national records collection for another toothy marine predator: the sawfish.

Small islands given short shrift in assembling archaeological record

Small islands given short shrift in assembling archaeological record

Published: Oct 30th, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Small islands dwarf large ones in archaeological importance, says a University of Florida researcher, who found that people who settled the Caribbean before Christopher Columbus preferred more minute pieces of land because they relied heavily on the sea.

‘Pristine’ Amazonian region hosted large, urban civilization, study finds

‘Pristine’ Amazonian region hosted large, urban civilization, study finds

Published: Aug 28th, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — They aren’t the lost cities early explorers sought fruitlessly to discover.

UF study: Isthmus of Panama formed as result of plate tectonics

Published: Jul 29th, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Contrary to previous evidence, a new University of Florida study shows the Isthmus of Panama was most likely formed by a Central American Peninsula colliding slowly with the South American continent through tectonic plate movement over millions of years.

Major evolutionary study rewrites bird ‘tree of life’

Published: Jun 26th, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The flamingo looks like it should be closely related to the stork or crane, but its closest relative may actually be the diminutive, modest grebe.

Andes Mountains grew in rapid spurts, not slowly, UF researcher says

Published: Jun 5th, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Mountain building may occur in faster fits and spurts than previously realized, according to a new study tracking the uplift of a central portion of the massive Andes Mountains in South America.

Human deaths from shark attacks hit 20-year low last year

Published: Feb 12th, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Fatal shark attacks worldwide dipped to their lowest levels in two decades in 2007 with the sole casualty involving a swimmer vacationing in the South Pacific, according to the latest statistics from the University of Florida.

Mummy lice found in Peru may give new clues about human migration

Published: Feb 7th, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Lice from 1,000-year-old mummies in Peru may unravel important clues about a different sort of passage: the migration patterns of America’s earliest humans, a new University of Florida study suggests.