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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?

UF study: Rapid burst of flowering plants set stage for other species

UF study: Rapid burst of flowering plants set stage for other species

Published: Feb 9th, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A new University of Florida study based on DNA analysis from living flowering plants shows that the ancestors of most modern trees diversified extremely rapidly 90 million years ago, ultimately leading to the formation of forests that supported similar evolutionary bursts in animals and other plants.

World’s largest snake shows tropics were hotter in the past

World’s largest snake shows tropics were hotter in the past

Published: Feb 4th, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The largest snake the world has ever known — as long as a school bus and as heavy as a small car — ruled tropical ecosystems only 6 million years after the demise of the fearsome Tyrannosaurus rex, according to a new discovery published in the journal Nature.

Scientists: Earthquakes, El Niños fatal to earliest civilization in Americas

Published: Jan 19th, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — First came the earthquakes, then the torrential rains. But the relentless march of sand across once fertile fields and bays, a process set in motion by the quakes and flooding, is probably what did in America’s earliest civilization.

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.