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UF researcher helps reveal ancient origins of modern opossum

UF researcher helps reveal ancient origins of modern opossum

Published: Dec 15th, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A University of Florida researcher has co-authored a study tracing the evolution of the modern opossum back to the extinction of the dinosaurs and finding evidence to support North America as the center of origin for all living marsupials.

UF researchers take part in DNA sequencing for entire Pacific island

UF researchers take part in DNA sequencing for entire Pacific island

Published: Dec 2nd, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida researchers are collecting marine invertebrates on the French Polynesian island of Moorea as part of a massive effort to inventory the DNA sequence of every living species there.

Plant fossils give first real picture of earliest Neotropical rainforests

Plant fossils give first real picture of earliest Neotropical rainforests

Published: Oct 15th, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A team of researchers including a University of Florida paleontologist has used a rich cache of plant fossils discovered in Colombia to provide the first reliable evidence of how Neotropical rainforests looked 58 million years ago.

UF study finds deficiencies in Columbus picture books used in schools

Published: Oct 5th, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The story of Christopher Columbus and the people he encountered when he arrived in the Caribbean has yet to be truthfully conveyed in books used by elementary school students, a new University of Florida study finds.

UF researcher receives $900,000 grant for worldwide human lice study

Published: Sep 14th, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida mammalogist David Reed has received a $900,000 National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Award to study the evolutionary biology of human lice.

A prehistoric Popeye effect? For the dinosaur, food meant bulk

Published: Jul 7th, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A University of Florida biologist thinks he knows how dinosaurs got so big. And it turns out, Popeye and Pachycephalosaurus may have a thing or two in common.

54-million-year-old skull reveals early evolution of primate brains

54-million-year-old skull reveals early evolution of primate brains

Published: Jun 22nd, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Researchers at the University of Florida and the University of Winnipeg have developed the first detailed images of a primitive primate brain, unexpectedly revealing that cousins of our earliest ancestors relied on smell more than sight.

UF study finds ancient mammals shifted diets as climate changed

UF study finds ancient mammals shifted diets as climate changed

Published: Jun 2nd, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A new University of Florida study shows mammals change their dietary niches based on climate-driven environmental changes, contradicting a common assumption that species maintain their niches despite global warming.

University of Florida study provides insight into evolution of first flowers

University of Florida study provides insight into evolution of first flowers

Published: May 18th, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Charles Darwin described the sudden origin of flowering plants about 130 million years ago as an abominable mystery, one that scientists have yet to solve.

UF study: Preserved shark fossil adds evidence to great white’s origins

UF study: Preserved shark fossil adds evidence to great white’s origins

Published: Mar 12th, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A new University of Florida study could help resolve a long-standing debate in shark paleontology: From which line of species did the modern great white shark evolve?