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Yale researchers find environmental toxins disruptive to hearing in mammals
Yale School of Medicine researchers have new data showing chloride ions are critical to hearing in mammals, which builds on previous research showing a chemical used to keep barnacles off boats might disrupt the balance of these ions in ear cells. View News Article (2006-04-12)

Asteroid that wiped out dinosaurs may have nearly knocked off mammals, too
The extinction of the dinosaurs 66 million years ago is thought to have paved the way for mammals to dominate, but a new study shows that many mammals died off alongside the dinosaurs. View News Article (2014-12-17)

Addressing feral cats' diet may help protect native species
Because reducing the impacts of feral cats--domestic cats that have returned to the wild--is a priority for conservation efforts across the globe, a research team recently reviewed the animals' diet across Australia and its territorial islands to help consider how they might best be managed. View News Article (2015-02-03)

Does missing gene point to nocturnal existence for early mammals?
A gene that makes cells in the eye receptive to light is missing in humans, researchers have discovered. View News Article (2006-10-13)

Will changes in climate wipe out mammals in Arctic and sub-Arctic areas?
The climate changes depicted by climatologists up to the year 2080 will benefit most mammals that live in northern Europe's Arctic and sub-Arctic land areas today if they are able to reach their new climatic ranges. View News Article (2013-01-15)

For bats and dolphins, hearing gene prestin adapted for echolocation
A little over a decade ago, prestin was found to be a key gene responsible for hearing in mammals. View News Article (2014-08-01)

Size of mammals exploded after dinosaur extinction
Researchers demonstrate that the extinction of dinosaurs 65 million years ago made way for mammals to get bigger - about a thousand times bigger than they had been.  View News Article (2010-11-29)

Whales are polite conversationalists
What do a West African drummer and a sperm whale have in common? According to some reports, they can both spot rhythms in the chatter of an ocean crowded with the calls of marine mammals -- a feat impossible for the untrained human ear. View News Article (2009-10-27)

'Killer' B cells provide new link in the evolution of immunity
Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine have discovered a unique evolutionary link between the most primitive innate form of immune defense, which has survived in fish, to the more advanced, adaptive immune response present in humans and other mammals. View News Article (2006-10-04)

Dinosaur extinction didn't cause the rise of present-day mammals, claim researchers
A new, complete 'tree of life' tracing the history of all 4,500 mammals on Earth shows that they did not diversify as a result of the death of the dinosaurs, says new research published in Nature today. View News Article (2007-03-29)

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