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Press Release 11-008
Putting the Dead to Work

Conservation paleobiologists dig deep to solve today's ecological, evolutionary questions

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Cover of the January, 2011 issue of the journal Trends in Ecology and Evolution.

Conservation paleobiologists are looking at ecology and evolution in new ways.

Credit: Trends in Ecology and Evolution


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Illustrations of the extinct Hawaiian Rail and Hawaiian Spotted Rail or Hawaiian Crake.

The Hawaiian Rail and Hawaiian Spotted Rail or Hawaiian Crake are now extinct.

Credit: John Gerrard Keulemans (1842-1912)


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Map of North America during the Pleistocene 12,000 years ago showing glaciation.

This map shows how North America appeared just over 12,000 years ago. During the Pleistocene, repeated glaciations occurred.

Credit: Ron Blakey, NAU


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Photo of a fossil plant leaf that is likely a member of a family that includes poinsettias.

Fossil leaf from a plant that's likely a member of the family that includes poinsettias.

Credit: Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History


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Image showing corals and other fossils.

Corals and other fossils from long-ago seas tell scientists much about life on Earth today.

Credit: Polish Academy of Sciences


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Photo of an arctic fox.

The arctic fox once lived in a much wider ecological range; climate change drove it north.

Credit: U.S. FWS


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