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Fish-kissing and Jurassic Evolution

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That fishy mouth is key to a host of evolutionary niches and it came about in the Triassic period. The swing-out jaw so common in fish today was a key evolutionary advantage and most modern fishes are members of the teleost family of fishes.

Learn more about this fascinating breakthrough adapation at the Houston Museum of Natural Science blog.

I Have No Idea What To Do

This is for the people who don’t know at all what to do. If you are confused read the step-by-step instructions. If you are still confused comment on this page. Be specific about what is confusing you and it will be addressed in reply.

Mammoth Hemoglobin Offers Evolutionary Clues

Scientists in Canada have reconstructed mammoth hemoglobin from the DNA extracted from frozen remains and discovered new clues to how mammoths adapted their physiology to life in the frozen north.

The blood flow in most arctic animals transfers heat from the arteries to the veins in circuit. The blood reaching the toes is quite cold, and the animal doesn’t lose as much heat to the frozen ground. But hemoglobin, the oxygen-carrying protein in red blood cells, doesn’t normally work well at low temperatures. The mammoth hemoglobin does though they are descended from a tropical elephantine species and share most of their genome with the African and Asian elephants.

Read the full story on The New York Times

Two new carnivores from Tertiary found in North America

In the critically important late Tertiary period, intensified global climatic changes took place putting pressure on adaptation. Recent discoveries of a new genus and species of the red (lesser) panda (Pristinailurus bristoli), the earliest and most primitive so far known, and a new species of Eurasian badger (Arctomeles dimolodontus) may shed new light on the period, particularly on the connections between the fauna of North America, Asia, and Europe.

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Period Research

What was life like in the Period you’re working on? What was the keystone species? You’ll need to construct a balanced food web and population model for your park.

Post to comments any issues or problems you encounter in modeling your period and finding a contemporary home for it. Share your research.

Park Design Research

One of the first steps in setting up any enterprise is to do competitive analysis. Take a look at how organizations with similar missions organize themselves to preserve and protect the environment and to appeal to people. Some places you might look for ideas are Yellowstone Park, the San Diego Zoo, the Bronx Zoo, some of the safari parks. Look for maps of facilities, conservation practices, and so on. When you find good links share them here as a comment and discuss your results.

Welcome to Jurassic Park

Join us on an evolutionary adventure. We’re going to recreate the environment of previous geological eras and attempt to restore the ecological balance that existed at that time. Along the way we’ll explore how the Earth has been reshaped by geological and cataclysmic processes and how varied environments selected for the best fit.

Share your data, your thoughts, and the process. Students are expected to comment regularly and progress will be monitored daily.

Here’s the scenario:

You have just been hired to be in charge of the United States Historical Wildlife Preserve Project.  In this new position, your first area of concern is to choose and maintain wildlife from an historic epoch or time period.  Your animals and plants have been extinct for many years and your task is to balance the preserve in a way that the extinct organisms can thrive.  Utilize information that you learned from plate tectonics, biomes, food-webs, predator/prey relationships, The Real Jurassic Park video, natural selection, and geologic time to develop your park plan for approval by the United States Wildlife Board.  This park will be a glimpse into the past for all humans to appreciate and to better understand the present and future relationships and natural selection processes on Earth.