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Museum of Zoology

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On U-M Gateway: study suggests ground-dwelling mammals survived mass extinction 66 million years ago

The miles-wide asteroid that struck Earth 66 million years ago wiped out nearly all the dinosaurs and roughly three-quarters of the planet’s plant and animal species. But some creatures survived, including certain rat-sized mammals that would later divers

On U-M Gateway: snake dietary diversity exploded after mass extinction 66 million years ago

“We found a major burst of snake dietary diversification after the dinosaur extinction — species were evolving quickly and rapidly acquiring the ability to eat new types of prey." ~Michael Grundler, U-M EEB alumnus

Research Feature

A University of Michigan EEB led team documented 15 rare predator-prey interactions in the Amazon rainforest including images and video of a dinner plate-size tarantula dragging a young opossum.

Warning to arachnophobes: The video below is the stuff of nightmares!

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