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Professor Publishes First Book on Emerging Pathogen Ranavirus

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A genus of emerging pathogens Ranavirus is thought to be the potential new culprit causing the decline and extinction of amphibians around the world. A new book by a UT professor provides insight on the viruses and guidance on urgent research directions to address them.

NIMBioS Study: Warming Could Cause Great Loss of Great Barrier Reef Corals

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The coverage of living corals on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef could decline to less than ten percent if ocean warming continues, according to a new study that explores the short- and long-term consequences of environmental changes to the reef. The study was done by an international team of ecologists at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis at UT.

War May Have Made Us Smarter

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Research by Sergey Gavrilets, professor of evolutionary biology and mathematics and associate director of the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis, has been featured on ABC News. Warfare not only hastened human technological progress and vast social and political changes, but may have greatly contributed to the evolutionary emergence of humans’ high intelligence and

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Prehistoric Conflict Hastened Human Brain’s Capacity for Collaboration, Study Says

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Warfare not only hastened human technological progress and vast social and political changes, but may have greatly contributed to the evolutionary emergence of humans’ high intelligence and ability to work together toward common goals, according to a new study from the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis.

Research Confirms Controversial Darwin Theory of Jump Dispersal

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Charles Darwin hypothesized that species could cross oceans and other vast distances on vegetation rafts, icebergs, or the plumage of birds. Though many were skeptical of Darwin’s idea, a new study suggests that he might have been correct.

Animal languages more than grunts

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Multiple media outlets around the world have covered a study led by Arik Kershenbaum, a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis at UT, which finds that the calls of many animals, from whales to wolves, might contain more language-like structure than previously thought. The study raises new questions about the

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The ABCs of Animal Speech: Not So Random After All

The calls of many animals, from whales to wolves, might contain more language-like structure than previously thought, according to a study that raises new questions about the evolutionary origins of human language.