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Climate change: Independent stress response makes octocorals more robust

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BSPG and LMU scientists have identified mechanisms that make octocorals less sensitive to the effects of climate change than other kinds of coral.

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Recent News on Giant Cretaceous Ammonites

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Parapuzosia seppenradensis, the largest ammonite in the world, measures up to 1.74 meters in diameter. Worldwide, there are only a few fossil findings of this already extinct cephalopod species from the Late Cretaceous (100-66 million years ago).

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Deep-sea biodiversity off New Zealand higher than assumed

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During a research cruise off the coast of New Zealand, a team led by LMU and BSPG geobiologist Gert Wörheide discovered six new species of glass sponge.

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All eyes on the oceans

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The UN’s Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development formally opens on February 15. In the following interview, Professor Gert Wörheide tells us why the oceans urgently need more attention.
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Evolution of Deer: Regular Antler Cycle is Older Than Previously Thought

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A new study provides insight into the early evolution of the antler cycle in deer (Cervidae). The structure of the antler tissues of the oldest known fossil deer (about 12 to 18 million years old) was strikingly similar to those of deer living today.

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Some Like It Hot: Global Warming Triggered the Evolution of Giant Dinosaurs

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An international team of scientists found evidence that a rapid climate change some 180 million years ago probably triggered the evolution of the famous long-necked dinosaur giants.

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Sponges as biomonitors of micropollution

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Sponges are filter feeders that live on particulate matter – but they can also ingest microscopic fragments of plastics and other pollutants of anthropogenic origin. They can therefore serve as useful bioindicators of the health of marine ecosystems.

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First Birds: Archaeopteryx Gets Company

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Researchers at the Bavarian State Collection of Paleontology and Geology (SNSB-BSPG) and LMU Munich describe a hitherto unknown bird from the late Jurassic period. It is the second bird capable of flight, after the famous Archaeopteryx, to be identified from this era.

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The Eleventh Archaeopteryx

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LMU/SNSB researchers report the first description of the geologically oldest fossil securely attributable to the genus Archaeopteryx, and provide a new diagnostic key for differentiating bird-like dinosaurs from their closest relatives.

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