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October 5, 2014
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Fecal Transplants Let Packrats Eat Poison

Herbivores Dine on Toxic Plants, Thanks to Gut Microbes Woodrats lost their ability to eat toxic creosote bushes after antibiotics killed their gut microbes. Woodrats that never ate the plants were able to do so after receiving fecal transplants with … Continue reading

February 2, 2013
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Flies of the World Embrace Vegetarianism

Microbe-eating flies from at least three different locations around the world recently have evolved into herbivores, feeding on some of the most toxic plants on Earth. Fly detectives and UA evolutionary biologists Noah Whiteman and Richard Lapoint are trying to … Continue reading

January 1, 2012
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North American Mammal Evolution Tracks with Climate Change

*Climate changes profoundly influenced the rise and fall of six distinct, successive waves of mammal species diversity in North America over the last 65 million years, shows a novel statistical analysis led by Brown University evolutionary biologists. Warming and cooling … Continue reading

October 16, 2010
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Using Discards, Scientists Discover Different Dinosaurs’ Stomping Grounds

By examining the type of rock in which dinosaur fossils were embedded, an often unappreciated part of the remains, scientists have determined that different species of North American dinosaurs from the Late Cretaceous period 65 million years ago occupied different … Continue reading