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Were ancient people hunting gomphotheres in Mexico?

This is a very cool question. The fact that we’re even asking it is cool. Why?  Because archaeologists hadn’t found evidence of humans hunting gomphotheres in North America up to this point.  It means maybe the ecological and archaeological scene in ice age North America was even more complicated than we thought. It means we have more to learn.  I think that having more to learn is a gift we don’t always appreciate. Read More…


Naia, an ancient human skeleton in Mexico: why it’s in the news and why it’s important

You might have seen some stories in the news lately about a skeleton of a young woman that was found in a cave in Mexico.  If you’re anything like me, you think that any find like this is interesting and important.  But not every such find makes the news.  Wondering why this particular discovery, published last week in Science, caused such a stir? Read More…

Another place where history, science come together

Check out this awesome discussion of New England’s stone walls!
via EARTH magazine

Mice, foxes, deer, coyotes, ticks, & Lyme disease


Coyote, Wind Cave National Park, June 2012; credit: L. Milideo

This is a good tale to follow if you’ve ever wondered why it’s so difficult to know how climate and environmental changes will affect species and ecosystems.  The simple answer: because these systems are very complex,

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The Back Rooms of Museums: a Dusty Scientific Frontier?

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Utah outcrop. These aren’t the only places where new fossil species turn up. Credit: L. Milideo

If you love paleontology and biology, you’re probably excited whenever you hear of a new species discovered, somewhere Read More…

Why corridors matter

In ecological terms, a corridor is a pathway of natural habitat between two larger patches of habitat. Animals can use corridors to travel from one living space to another. As more and more space is developed, we are sacrificing these ecologically crucial pathways. Here’s one reason that corridors matter:

The Importance of Public Knowledge in Preservation

Check out this fascinating and tragic story of threatened sites in the American southwest: