Public Release: 29-Jul-2008
Evolution of skull and mandible shape in cats
In a new study published in the online-open access journal PLoS ONE, Per Christiansen at the Zoological Museum in Copenhagen, Denmark, reports the finding that the evolution of skull and mandible shape in sabercats and modern cats were governed by different selective forces, and the two groups evolved very different adaptations to killing.

Public Release: 29-Jul-2008
Fish with temperature-dependent sex determination face global warming
In a study directed by Francesc Piferrer, from the Institute of Marine Sciences in Barcelona, published in the open-access journal PLoS ONE on July 30, the Spanish researchers used field and laboratory data to critically analyze the presence of temperature dependent sex determination in the 59 species of fish where this type of sex determining mechanism had been postulated.

Public Release: 29-Jul-2008
Journal of the Royal Society Interface
The buzz of the chase
Geographic profiling is a technique used by police forces around the world to help them prioritize lists of suspects in investigations of serial crimes. Dr. Nigel Raine, and Dr. Steve Le Comber, from Queen Mary’s School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, along with Kim Rossmo, the former detective who invented the technique, have used this criminology technique to look at patterns of foraging in bees.
Wellcome Trust, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

Public Release: 28-Jul-2008
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
‘Chicken and chips’ theory of Pacific migration
A new study of DNA from ancient and modern chickens has shed light on the controversy about the extent of prehistoric Polynesian contact with the Americas.


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