New Research

Simple slime molds are really devious, Machiavellian schemers

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A paper published by Professor Jason Wolf and colleagues in PNAS has shown that when surrounded by relatives, slime molds work with each other, but when surrounded by unrelated cells, they try to ruthlessly exploit the group for their own ends. It’s like Game of Thrones playing out at the cellular scale.  Read the full story here.

 

A bird beak from the age of the dinosaurs 

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A paper published by Dr. Daniel Field and collaborators at Yale in the journal Nature has shown that the dinosaur-era bird Ichthyornis was transitional between the beaked birds seen today and toothy relatives of birds like Velociraptor. Ichthyornis had a mouth full of teeth, with a small beak at the tip. Full story here.

 

 

Skewed Sex Ratios Lead to Single Parent Families in Birds

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New research published by Professor Tamas Szekely and colleagues in Nature Communications has shown that when the population is highly biased towards one sex, bird families are more likely to split up leaving the males to take care of the young. Find the full story here.