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Evolving a Whale-Shrimp Genetics Otago Mar 31

Peter K. Dearden
I meant to write this a few weeks ago, but have been struggling under the weight of grant writing. Though, when it comes down to it, one of the grants I contributed to is for the coolest thing; if it gets funded i’ll tell you about it.
Anyway, a few weeks ago a paper was published on one my favourite groups of extinct animals. If you are not interested in a story about how one of the oldest and oddest animals we know evolved into a pre-mammalian whale, including undersea slips and the origins of modern animals, look away …

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