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Did the common ancestor of humans and great apes evolve in Africa or Eurasia?

It is known based on DNA analysis that chimpanzees are the closest living relatives to humans, the two together are closest to gorillas, then three together to orangs. Furthermore, humans, the great apes (chimpanzee, gorillas, and orangs) together with the lesser apes (gibbons and siamangs) belong to the superfamily named Hominoidea. The closest living [...]

By |2019-03-06T05:38:58-08:00March 6th, 2019|Discovery, Featured, Research|Comments Off on Did the common ancestor of humans and great apes evolve in Africa or Eurasia?

Ecology Week 1: Vegetation and Herbivory at Mpala

On Monday and Tuesday, we had the opportunity to learn from Mpala researcher Kimani Ndung'u who specializes in vegetation studies and is currently investigating the effects of termite mounds on the locale-specific environment. He is also a part of a project (www.forestgeo.si.edu/site/mpala) run by the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute where they are collecting data for the only savannah plot in their global network. [...]

By |2017-01-04T18:04:34-08:00September 17th, 2016|Discovery, Fall 2016, Field Schools|Comments Off on Ecology Week 1: Vegetation and Herbivory at Mpala