News From the Field
Four-eyed daddy longlegs fossil fills in evolutionary tree
April 10, 2014
Living harvestmen, a group of arachnids more commonly known as daddy longlegs, have a single pair of eyes that help them navigate every continent except Antarctica. But a newly described, 305 million-year-old fossil shows that wasn't always the case. Research, led by scientists at the American Museum of Natural History and the University of Manchester, indicates that primitive harvestmen had two pairs of eyes, adding significant details to the evolutionary story of this highly successful group.
American Museum of Natural History
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. In fiscal year (FY) 2016, its budget is $7.5 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 48,000 competitive proposals for funding and makes about 12,000 new funding awards. NSF also awards about $626 million in professional and service contracts yearly.
Get News Updates by Email
Useful NSF Web Sites:
NSF Home Page: http://www.nsf.gov
NSF News: http://www.nsf.gov/news/
For the News Media: http://www.nsf.gov/news/newsroom.jsp
Science and Engineering Statistics: http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/
Awards Searches: http://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/