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Studying the Impact of the 66 Million-Year-Old Asteroid Strike on Mammal Evolution
Armed with four years of National Science Foundation funding, John Wible and an international team of collaborators are attacking the mystery of what effect the asteroid strike, which resulted in the demise of non-avian dinosaurs, had on mammal evolution. Their goal is to choose between the competing theories that the impact had no appreciable effect or that the impact was the principal driver of subsequent mammal evolution. The team’s approach to the problem will be explained, and an update on the progress of the project’s first year will be provided.
John Wible, PhD, Curator and Head, Mammals, Carnegie Museum of Natural History
Beyond the Forest and the Trees
In recent years, our Powdermill Nature Reserve facility has initiated a number of programs relating to plant ecology that complement its famous avian research programs. These range from cutting-edge basic research to public outreach designed for general accessibility. Some of these programs are accompanied by web-based technology to extend the reserve’s reach worldwide. Its 3D virtual reality program will be incorporated into the museum’s galleries in 2018.
John Wenzel, PhD, Director, Powdermill Nature Reserve