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ant Sheila Patek: The breakneck world of ants that bite fast and jump high
UCMP curator and professor Sheila Patek hadn't worked with ants at all — that is, until she received a FedEx box full of them in the mail in the fall of 2004. That package marked both her introduction to myrmecology and the beginning of an investigation destined to make it into the Guinness Book of World Records and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Mark Goodwin: Research profile Mark Goodwin: Research profile
UCMP's Mark Goodwin takes a close look at the composition of dinosaur bones.
Matt Wedel: Hunting the inflatable dinosaur Matt Wedel: Hunting the inflatable dinosaur
UCMP grad student Matt Wedel investigates the hollow spaces in dinosaur bones. Find out what T. rex has in common with a Thanksgiving turkey.
Kevin Padian: Research profile Kevin Padian: Research profile
UCMP's Kevin Padian address questions such as "how did flight evolve?" and "how did dinosaurs walk?"
Carole S. Hickman: Research profile Carole S. Hickman: Research profile
UCMP's Carole S. Hickman studies fossil snails to better understand the evolution of structural patterns.
Jere Lipps: Research profile Jere Lipps: Research profile
UCMP's Jere Lipps explores the evolutionary relationships among protists and other animals.