Natural History Category
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.
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.
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.
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.
Published: Aug 28th, 2008
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — They aren’t the lost cities early explorers sought fruitlessly to discover.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.