Tuesday, May 19, 2009

For Thursday

For this Thursday please bring your laptop (if you have one, no need to buy one specially.....) and download the Populus program onto it if you didn't already do this last quarter.

Also, please complete the list of topics that Claudia handed out and bring that to class. If you'd rather complete this electronically the form is here.

If you look at CNN online you may have seen this report on the homepage today:
Scientists piece together human ancestry
Scientists hailed Tuesday a 47-million-year-old fossil of an ancient "small cat"-sized primate as a possible common ancestor of monkeys, primates and humans. Scientists say the fossil, dubbed "Ida," is a transitional species, living around the time the primate lineage split into two groups: A line that would eventually produce humans, primates and monkeys, and another that would give rise to lemurs and other primates.

What I noticed particularly about this report was that CNN linked directly to the original research paper in PLoS ONE: Complete Primate Skeleton from the Middle Eocene of Messel in Germany: Morphology and Paleobiology. Another victory for Open Access publishing.

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