Conor McKeever

Arthropod ancestor had the mouth of a penis worm

New research reveals a 515-million-year-old mouth with rings of sharp teeth belonged to an ancient arthropod, giving clues to the ancestral origins of this feature.

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Turtles can tolerate warmer temperatures, given time

New research shows turtles can tolerate warmer conditions – but their ability to cope with climate change will likely depend on how quickly temperatures rise.

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Caribbean bones reveal the origin of the ‘island murderer’

From skeletal remains found among centuries-old owl pellets, Museum scientists have recovered the first DNA sample of the extinct Caribbean mammal genus Nesophontes.

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Museum scans reveal new clues to life and death in Roman London

An innovative method of scanning bones is improving our understanding of child mortality in Roman Britain.

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Biodiversity loss breaching safe limits worldwide

The loss of species diversity has reached unsafe levels across 58% of the world’s land surface, according to a new assessment led by Museum scientists.

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Why sea snails are pretty in pink

Museum-led research uncovers the pigments that give the sea snails Clanculus pharaonius and C. margaritarius their striking pink and yellow-brown shells.

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Crayfish and flatworms coevolved, but now face coextinction

DNA sequencing by Museum scientists has revealed how endangered Australian crayfish and their symbiotic flatworms evolved together – and may soon become extinct together too.

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Water voles colonised Britain in two waves

Did English and Scottish water voles arrive in Britain at the same time, or did later English colonisers displace the earlier arrivals? New research unpicks data spanning 28,000 years.

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First bone-eating worm found in warm waters

Museum scientists have found that Osedax worms, which feed on the bones of whale carcasses, can live in shallow Mediterranean waters.

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