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Lead Author Learned to Love Research at Duke
Thursday, August 14, 2014

When Bob Cieri first arrived at Duke, he envisioned becoming an ecologist who worked in the field, not someone who’d flourish in a lab. All that changed during his four years at Duke. Now, three years out and happily ensconced in his first year of graduate school in biology at the University of... Read full article »
Ben Allen: Researching Dogs to Learn About Humans
Wednesday, August 13, 2014

An evolutionary anthropology student is discovering that playing games with service dogs may shed light on how humans evolved. Junior Ben Allen's research this summer at Canine Center for Independence (CCI) in California is sponsored by the Duke Canine Cognition Center and Associate Professor of... Read full article »
Society Bloomed With Gentler Personalities and More Feminine Faces
Friday, August 1, 2014

Modern humans appear in the fossil record about 200,000 years ago, but it was only about 50,000 years ago that making art and advanced tools became widespread. A new study appearing Aug. 1 in the journal Current Anthropology finds that human skulls changed in ways that indicate a lowering of... Read full article »
India Schneider-Crease (PhD candidate) – Simien Mountains National Park, Ethiopia
Wednesday, June 25, 2014

PhD candidate India Schneider-Crease collects a urine sample from Talisman, a male gelada baboon (seen sitting on the rock to her right) in the Simien Mountains National Park, Ethiopia. Schneider-Crease’s research examines tapeworm infections in gelada populations in order to identify the... Read full article »
Kathleen Grogran (PhD, 2014) – Duke Lemur Center, Durham, NC
Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Kathleen Grogran (PhD, 2014) shares a moment with Aracus, a ring-tailed lemur at the Duke Lemur Center. Grogan’s research involved, among other things, exploring the ways in which genetic diversity in the Major Histocompatibility Complex was advertised through scent marking in both captive and... Read full article »
Emma Wellbaum: Close Watching of Lemur Social Dynamics
Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Sophomore Emma Wellbaum spends her days at the Duke Lemur Center learning about group dynamics in primitive primates.The prospective evolutionary anthropology and environmental sciences and policy double major is conducting an independent study with Julie Teichroeb, visiting assistant professor of... Read full article »
Kendra Smyth (PhD candidate) – Kalahari Desert, South Africa
Sunday, June 1, 2014

An inquisitive meerkat collects behavioral data on PhD candidate Kendra Smyth in South Africa. Smyth studies reproductive endocrinology and ecological immunology in a wild population of meerkats in the Kalahari Desert.
Sucker-footed Fossils Broaden the Bat Map
Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Today, Madagascar sucker-footed bats live nowhere outside their island home, but new research shows that hasn't always been the case. The discovery of two extinct relatives in northern Egypt suggests the unusual creatures, which evolved sticky footpads to roost on slick surfaces, are primitive... Read full article »
Lemur Lovers Sync Their Scents
Friday, January 31, 2014

The strength of a lemur couple's bond is reflected by the similarity of their scents, finds a new study."It's like singing a duet, but with smells instead of sounds," said Christine Drea, a Duke University professor who supervised the study.Duke researchers sampled and analyzed scent secretions... Read full article »

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