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A nautilus in the waters off American Samoa.

UW nautilus expedition may have spied new species

Posted: March 6, 2013

A University of Washington research team has captured color photographs of what could be a previously undocumented species of chambered nautilus, a cephalopod mollusk often classified as a “living fossil,” in the waters off American Samoa in the South Pacific. “This is certainly a new taxon, but we are not sure if it is a... Read more »


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News Digest: UW students speak at Town Hall, nominations due, celebrate Philosophy in Schools program, tobacco cessation help

Posted: March 5, 2013

UW Science Now kicks off at Town Hall tonight || Celebrating UW Women nominations due March 11 || Nominations sought for fourth annual Husky Green Awards || Grade-school students take on philosophy in panel discussion || Hall Health Center expands tobacco cessation program Read more »


Large cliff of white ashy material surrounded by rock cliffs when two researchers working the face

‘True grit’ erodes assumptions about evolution

Posted: March 4, 2013

New work in Argentina where scientists had previously thought Earth's first grasslands emerged 38 million years ago, shows the area at the time covered with tropical forests rich with palms, bamboos and gingers. Grit and volcanic ash in those forests could have caused the evolution of teeth in horse-like animals that scientists mistakenly thought were… Read more »