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The MCZ has received the partial skeleton of a 13,000-year-old mastodon excavated from a site in upstate New York. The Bowser Road mastodon, nicknamed John Charles, was donated by the three investigators responsible for excavating and reporting the find. The MCZ thanks Stephen Vaughn, Dennis Vesper and Richard Michael Gramly for their generous gift. (27 Nov 2017)

Congratulations to MCZ faculty-curator Gonzalo Giribet who was bestowed an honorable doctorate from the University of Copenhagen, after nomination from the Natural History Museum of Denmark. (17 Nov 2017)

Research by former MCZ graduate student Talia Moore and Faculty-Curator Andy Biewener found that jerboas, a bipedal rodent with proportionately large hind limbs, employ unpredictable moves to evade predators, more so than other bipedal and quadropedal rodents. The study was published in Nature Communications and featured in Live Science. (11 Sept 2017)

The MCZ joins 15 other museums and institutional collections in a four-year effort to image 20,000 vertebrate species with high-resolution microcomputed tomography (µCT). The oVert project is funded by a $2.5 million grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation and led by former MCZ graduate student David Blackburn (Hanken lab) (8 Sept 2017).
(image by Edward L. Stanley and David C. Blackburn)

Graduate student Brianna McHorse and Faculty-Curators Stephanie Pierce and Andy Biewener used beam bending to investigate the evolution of digit reduction in horses. The research was published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B and featured in the New York Times. (28 Aug 2017)

A new study in Science led by Shane Campbell-Stanton (former Losos Lab graduate), with Faculty-Curators Jonathan Losos and Scott Edwards, offers a rare view of natural selection in Anolis lizards due to recent extreme weather events in the United States. Read more about the research in the Harvard Magazine. (4 Aug 2017)

Read about MCZ Faculty-Curator Stephanie Pierce in the Boston Globe where she talks about what she does as a paleontologist. (28 June 2017)

Congratulations to Mara Laslo for receiving the Best Student Oral Presentation Award for her presentation, "Evolution of embryonic limb development in the direct-developing frog, Eleutherodactylus coqui" at the 18th International Conference of Comparative Endocrinology. (9 June 2017)

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