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A New Spiky Mesozoic Mammal

Last week a new species of mammal from around 125 million years ago was described in the journal Nature called Spinolestes xenarthrosus. It had a pile of unusual and perhaps advanced features that gives more evidence that mammals in the Mesozoic were diverse in their morphology and ecological niches. The spectacular preservation of the skin and hair meant that the soft ears and the spine-like hair structures were preserved!

Al Evans commented on the new finding in the online news site The Verge.

 

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National Geographic News

Lab members recently contributed to discussions about science news covered in National Geographic.

David Hocking revealed some of the secrets of leopard seal feeding when discussing new critter-cam footage of leopard seals.

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/08/150807-leopard-seals-antarctica-behavior-ocean-animals-science/

Al Evans talked about some of the amazing features of our native marsupials, including the tiny babies of red kangaroos - and how kangaroos can put embryos in suspended animation during a drought!

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/08/150828-baby-mammal-size-differences-panda-kangaroo-science/

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Late nights at the Synchrotron

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Late nights at the Synchrotron

Earlier this month a few of the Lab members helped out at the Australian Synchrotron working with Museum Victoria scanning fossils, including dinosaurs and Ediacaran animals. Waverley Leader caught Anton Maksimenko, Tom Rich, Lap Chieu and Pat Vickers-Rich in the act (of not doing very much):

We hope this will give us cool things like internal structures, and the ability to 3D print full-size dinosaur skeletons never-before seen, because they are still encased in rock!

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Welcome to EvoMorph!

We're very pleased to announce the unveiling of the new web site for the Evans Evolutionary Morphology Lab - evomorph.org. We will share interesting news from our work and other topics in morphology, anatomy, evolution, evo-devo and palaeontology.

Come back often to see what we've been up to!

Al Evans, Lab Head

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