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Path to the main 2022 dig site. A new site was also discovered and excavated in the distant mountains during the 2022 field season. Photo: Johannes Setzer

It Takes a Village: A Paleoanthropologist's Journey Leads to Community

February 10, 2023
For nearly two decades, assistant professor of anthropology at Yale, curator at the Yale Peabody Museum, and YIBS affiliate, Jessica Thompson has investigated the history of...
Armita R. Manafzadeh - Fig. 1

Joint Mobility as a Bridge Between Form and Function

January 26, 2023
In a recent article published by the Journal of Experimental Biology, Armita Manafzadeh (YIBS Gaylord Donnelley Postdoctoral Associate) examines how joints enable nearly all...
A modern iguana, left, and two blocks (right) containing the holotype of Microteras borealis. The holotype consists of a portion of the snout (top) and the braincase (bottom). Although not an iguanan, Microteras borealis is one of the oldest examples of the crown lizard group that includes all living lizards. (Courtesy of the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History)

A Pair of Lizard ‘Kings’ from the Old, Old West

December 2, 2022
Yale researchers have identified the oldest-known, definitive members of the lizard crown group that includes all living lizards and their closest extinct relatives. The two...
The Northern Treeshrew (Tupaia belangeri) (©

An Ecological Rule Breaker Shows the Effects of Climate Change on Body Size

November 29, 2022
The Northern Treeshrew, a small, bushy-tailed mammal native to South and Southeast Asia, defies two of the most widely tested ecological “rules” of body size variation within...
Armita Manafzadeh

YIBS Postdoc Wins Romer Prize for 3D Modeling of Extinct Animal Joints

November 18, 2022
Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies (YIBS) Gaylord Donnelley Postdoctoral Associate, Armita Manafzadeh was presented the Romer Prize by the Society of Vertebrate...
Inuit harvesters boating along the shore of Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet), Nunavut, Canada

Sappho Gilbert National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Podcast

November 17, 2022
Ph.D. Candidate at the Yale School of Public Health & YIBS Science Communications Fellow, Sappho Gilbert was recently interviewed on the National Institute of...
Huperzia lucidula, also known as Shining club-moss

Researchers Solve Hundred-Year-Old Botanical Mystery that was Key to the Spread of Plant Life on Land

November 16, 2022
YSE-led research has discovered the answer to a 100-year-old paleontology mystery — how early plants emerged from their watery habitats to grow on land through changes to...