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Officials last week revealed that the U.S. contribution to ITER could cost $3.9 billion by 2034—roughly four times the...
An experimental hepatitis B drug that looked safe in animal trials tragically killed five of 15 patients in 1993. Now,...
Using the two high-quality genomes that exist for Neandertals and Denisovans, researchers find clues to gene activity...
A new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concludes that humanity has done little to slow...
Astronomers have discovered an Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone of a red dwarf—a star cooler than the sun—500...
Three years ago, Jennifer Francis of Rutgers University proposed that a warming Arctic was altering the behavior of the...
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Tiny chameleons, diminutive frogs, and miniature salamanders—the list of Lilliputian animals keeps growing, even as the record for the world’s smallest vertebrate keeps shrinking. Researchers continuously find pint-sized versions of familiar organisms tucked into the nooks and crannies of habitats around the world.
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Nadia Frobisch is an assistant professor at Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany, where she studies the evolution and developmental biology of vertebrate body plans, specifically amphibians. She seeks to understand the evolution of developmental pathways and the acquisition of derived morphologies in modern species, hoping to elucidate the origins of the three current amphibian groups.
James Hanken is a member of the Encyclopedia of Life Executive Committee and the Director of the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University, where he is also a Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and Curator in Herpetology. His laboratory studies evolutionary morphology, development and systematics of vertebrates, especially amphibians.