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LMU paleontologists are currently studying a new specimen of Archaeopteryx, which reveals previously unknown features of the plumage. The initial findings shed light on the original function of feathers and their recruitment for flight. more

Between 2008 and 2012, the most-cited scientists worked at institutions devoted to evolutionary biology (at least temporarily), mainly published their research in jounals on evolutionary biology, or conducted research projects primarily on evolutionary biology. more

Since the discovery of ostracods’ giant sperm in the mid 1800s, their function and evolution have remained enigmatic, in part because of a lack of fossil data. A study on an Australian Miocene ostracod fauna – carried out by LMU researcher Renate Matzke-Karasz and an international team – now sheds light on the evolution of this opulent way of reproduction. more