Friday, February 5, 2016

In the News: Mammoth for Dinner?

Fig.1. Woolly mammoths (Mammuthus primigenius) in late Pleistocene landscape
Credit: Mauricio Antón, 2004)

From ices cores to mammoth meat, this week is full of curiosities frozen in time. A return to these specimens reveals an important software error, a lesson in evolution, an answer to a decades-old question, and more:

  • An issue with incompatible software means that ancient human migration back into Africa may not have actually reached the western and central parts of the continent, as suggested by an October study: “Error Found In Study Of First Ancient African Genome,” Scientific American (29 January 2016)

  • A dinosaur fossil collected in 1923 sheds light on the evolution of an efficient respiratory system that allows birds to fly high and over long distances: “Did Dinosaurs Breathe Like Birds?AMNH News & Blogs (05 January 2016)

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