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Shark attacks decline worldwide in midst of economic recession

Shark attacks decline worldwide in midst of economic recession

Published: Feb 19th, 2009

Audio GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The recession may be responsible for a slump of a different sort: an unexpected dive in shark attacks, says a University of Florida researcher. Shark attacks […]

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.