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Image of the Day: Personnel Effects

By The Scientist Staff | March 31, 2017

Cuts to federal science funding could significantly impact undergraduate students, graduate students, postdocs, and other early-career researchers.

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Study: Diet Contributes to Brain Size

By Diana Kwon | March 30, 2017

The results of a historical primate behavior analysis suggest that species with fruit-filled diets evolved larger brains.

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Dinosaur Phylogenetic Tree Shake-Up

By Jef Akst | March 24, 2017

An analysis of 74 dinosaur species leads a group of researchers to reorganize the extinct animals’ evolutionary history.

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What Budget Cuts Might Mean for US Science

By Diana Kwon | March 21, 2017

A look at the historical effects of downsized research funding suggests that the Trump administration’s proposed budget could hit early-career scientists the hardest.  

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Trump’s Proposed Budget Would Cut Science Funding

By Tracy Vence | March 16, 2017

The NIH could see its budget slashed by $5.8 billion (approximately 19 percent), while the EPA could see a $2.6 billion budget cut (around 31 percent).

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Sharks May Have Evolved from Acanthodians

By Joshua A. Krisch | March 14, 2017

Analysis of an ancient shark fossil provides the strongest evidence to date that modern sharks derive from a class of 400 million–year-old bony fish.

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“Buena vista” hypothesis suggests that changes in the sizes of eyes, rather than a shift from fins to limbs, led fish to transition to land more than 300 million years ago.  

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Understanding the Roots of Human Musicality

By Catherine Offord | March 1, 2017

Researchers are using multiple methods to study the origins of humans’ capacity to process and produce music, and there’s no shortage of debate about the results.

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Ancient Marine Reptile Birthed Live Young

By Bob Grant | February 15, 2017

Researchers have described a pregnant Dinochephalosaurus, and the fossilized remains suggest that the massive animal did not lay eggs, as previously suspected.

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Speciation and development of new traits may not always go hand-in-hand.

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