Fig.1. This humpback in Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary is part of a long line of an unusual group of animals recently studied at the University of Otago (Credit: Whit Welles, 2007)
This week in collections science, the ocean and its inhabitants take center stage. Learn about ancient ocean ecosystems, marine animal evolution, transmissible clam cancer, and more in #FollowFriday.
- A sediment core containing fossils from up to 16,100 years ago shows that ocean ecosystems can take thousands of years to recover from climate disturbances: “Massive Study Is First To Explore Historical Ocean response To Abrupt Climate Change,” California Academy of Sciences (30 March 2015)
- A 150-million-year-old crab fossil may help to change our understanding of crab evolution: “Tiny New Fossil Helps Rewrite Crab Evolution, Sheds Light on Late Jurassic Marine World,” Natural History Museum Los Angeles (09 March 2015)
- A dangerously acidic ocean helped to drive a mass extinction 252 million years ago and holds lessons for how global warming will affect the oceans today: “Acidic Oceans Implicated in Earth's Worst Mass Extinction,” Scientific American (09 April 2015)
- A new emerging disease has plagued clam populations around the world and takes its place as the third known transmissible cancer in nature : “A Clam Cancer Outbreak, Spread By One Set Of Cells,” New York Times (13 April 2015)
- Fossils revealed the 40 million-year-old history of baleen whales and how the a cooler ocean and changing currents affected their evolution:“Otago research details 40 million-year-old family tree of baleen whales,” University of Otago (15 April 2015)