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July

  • Illustrating a Devonian Predator

    Illustrating a Devonian Predator

    July 16, 2018

    Jason Poole was charged with depicting Hyneria lindae, the largest creature living in an ancient stream ecosystem in Devonian-age Pennsylvania, about 365 million years ago. This lobe-finned fish, belonging to a group of back-boned animals called sarcopterygians, was at least twice the size of the largest of the other animals with which it shared the waters.

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  • An X-ray view of the heads of a worker and a soldier ant and the brains inside their head. The worker is much smaller with the brain filling more of its head.

    You Have One Job: Compared to Multi-Tasking Workers, Soldier Ant Brains Small

    July 16, 2018

    A Drexel University study found that ant colonies evolved to spend less energy on developing the brains of soldier ants, who have relatively simple jobs, compared to multi-tasking workers.

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