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Skin hair skims heat off elephants
Body hair in mammals is typically thought to have evolved to keep us warm in colder prehistoric times, but a new study suggests that it may do the opposite, at least in elephants. View News Article (2012-10-11)

Fossil discovery represents new milestone in early mammal evolution
A well-preserved fossil discovered in northeast China provides new information about the earliest ancestors of most of today's mammal species--the placental mammals. View News Article (2011-08-26)

The long and the short of it: Expanding small RNA biology in mammals
In independent studies, Drs. Haifan Lin (Duke University) and Toshiaki Watanabe (Kyoto University) and colleagues report on their identification of novel small RNAs in the mouse germline. View News Article (2006-06-09)

Rodent size linked to human population and climate change
You probably hadn't noticed -- but the head shape and overall size of rodents has been changing over the past century. A University of Illinois at Chicago ecologist has tied these changes to human population density and climate change. View News Article (2009-07-31)

Eye size determined by maximum running speed in mammals
Maximum running speed is the most important variable influencing mammalian eye size other than body size, according to new research from The University of Texas at Austin.  View News Article (2012-05-03)

Researchers discover 3 extinct squirrel-like species
Paleontologists have described three new small squirrel-like species that place a poorly understood Mesozoic group of animals firmly in the mammal family tree. View News Article (2014-09-11)

Chinese and American paleontologists discover a new Mesozoic mammal
An international team of paleontologists has discovered a new species of mammal that lived 123 million years ago in what is now the Liaoning Province in northeastern China. View News Article (2009-10-09)

SU biologist develops method for monitoring shipping noise in dolphin habitat
A biologist in Syracuse University's College of Arts and Sciences has developed a system of techniques for tracking ships and monitoring underwater noise levels in a protected marine mammal habitat. View News Article (2013-12-03)

No need to thank dinosaur-killing asteroid for mammalian success
It is a natural history tale that every third grader knows: The dinosaurs ruled the Earth for hundreds of millions of years, until an asteroid struck the Yucatan Peninsula and triggered a mass extinction that allowed the ancestors of today's mammals to thrive. View News Article (2007-03-29)

Viral 'fossils' study on birds finds fewer infections than in mammals
In a contribution to an extraordinary international scientific collaboration the University of Sydney found that genomic 'fossils' of past viral infections are up to thirteen times less common in birds than mammals.  View News Article (2014-12-12)

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