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Woolly Mammoth Blood Breathes Again

September 22, 2011 by


Researchers in the lab of Chieng-Ho, of Carnegie Mellon University, have published a detailed comparison between the hemoglobin of living elephants and extinct woolly mammoths. Hemoglobin is the protein that makes the crime scenes in CSI red – at least, it would do if they used real blood and not just corn syrup. The job […]

Fossil backs up DNA clock

September 13, 2011 by


A fossil discovery made by a Pittsburgh-led team in China has pushed back the date of divergence between marsupial and placental mammals by millions of years, and has confirmed predictions based on the DNA of living mammals. I came to Pittsburgh from Australia, where animals like koalas, kangaroos, Tasmanian devils, and hairy-nosed wombats live. Most […]