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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 »
Reconstructing the New World Monkey Family Tree
Friday, January 3, 2014

When monkeys landed in South America 37 or more million years ago, the long-isolated continent already teemed with a menagerie of 30-foot snakes, giant armadillos and strange, hoofed mammals. Over time, the monkeys forged their own niches across the New World, evolved new forms and spread as far... Read full article »
Lauren Gonzales (PhD candidate) – Rio Santa Cruz, Patagonia, Argentina
Sunday, December 1, 2013

PhD candidate Lauren Gonzales pictured in Patagonia, Argentina in 2013. She was there for fossil prospecting in Miocene-aged deposits along the Rio Santa Cruz. Gonzales studies the role of evolution in sensory anatomy in the major adaptive radiations of primates. Her fieldwork in Argentina is... Read full article »
Charles Nunn: The Big Picture on Human Health and Disease
Monday, October 21, 2013

It's pretty hard to pin down Charlie Nunn when you ask him to describe his science. He calls himself a behavioral ecologist, but get him wound up and he starts to sound like an epidemiologist or a primatologist. He joins Duke this term as a professor of both evolutionary anthropology and global... Read full article »
Sheila Patek: Research With a Powerful Punch
Friday, October 4, 2013

The last time Sheila Patek was at Duke, she was riding a unicycle across a parking lot to fulfill the infamous "circus trick" requirement for Steve Nowicki's Ph.D. students. Now 12 years later, she's back and heading up her own lab, where she studies the ocean-dwelling crustaceans, including one... Read full article »
Joseph Feldblum (Ph.D. candidate) in Gombe National Park, Tanzania
Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Joseph Feldblum (Ph.D. candidate: foreground) learning the ways of the forest during his first field season studying chimpanzees in Gombe National Park, Tanzania.