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Read more at: Pilkington Teaching Prize 2012

Pilkington Teaching Prize 2012

4 July 2013

The Department is delighted to announce that Torsten Krude has been awarded one of this years Pilkington Teaching Prizes, in recognition of excellence in teaching at the University.

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Larks Ascending

4 July 2013

The Critically Endangered Raso lark (Alauda razae) lives on a single desert island of 7 km2 in the Cape Verdes off West Africa. Happily, the birds have undergone a remarkable boom over the past decade, according to a paper published online this week in Animal Conservation.

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Read more at: Butterfly genome reveals a promiscuous past

Butterfly genome reveals a promiscuous past

4 July 2013

An international collaborative study to map the genome of a South American butterfly has identified the secret behind its mimetic nature.

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Novel 3D reconstruction of fossil reveals how limb movement evolved in the first land animals

4 July 2013

Research published in the journal Nature reveals for the first time how a famous extinct animal, the early four-legged vertebrate (tetrapod) called Ichthyostega, moved on land.

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Avian flu viruses which are transmissible between humans could evolve in nature

4 July 2013

It might be possible for human-to-human airborne transmissible avian H5N1 influenza viruses to evolve in nature, new research has found. The findings, from research led by Professor Derek Smith and Dr Colin Russell from the Department, were published last month in the journal Science . Currently, avian H5N1 influenza, also...

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L'Oréal UNESCO For Women in Science Award

4 July 2013

Many congratulations to Claire Spottiswoode, who has been awarded one of this year's four L'Oreal "Women in Science" Fellowships for her work on the genetics of mimicry in Cuckoo eggs.

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Read more at: Solving the riddle of horse domestication

Solving the riddle of horse domestication

4 July 2013

Domestic horses likely arose from the western Eurasian steppe-the area of present day Ukraine and West Kazakhstan-and repeatedly interbred with wild horses as the herds spread, a study suggests.

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Research raises doubts about whether modern humans and Neanderthals interbred

4 July 2013

New research raises questions about the theory that modern humans and Neanderthals at some point interbred, known as hybridisation. The findings of a study by researchers at the University of Cambridge suggests that common ancestry, not hybridisation, better explains the average 1-4 per cent DNA that those of European and...

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Good news for a change

4 July 2013

News about the environment can seem like one long litany of loss, but is nature’s continued decline inevitable? Certainly not, argues Andrew Balmford in his book Wild Hope, published by University of Chicago Press, which instead explores the successful side of conservation.

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Courtship in Drosophila melanogaster

4 July 2013

A new paper published in Current Biology this week by several members of the department looks at substrate-borne vibratory communication during courtship in Drosophila melanogaster.

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