Night owls or early birds: how being active at different times of day allows wildlife to coexist with people

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Alina C. Fisher and Tanya Samman, Environmental and Earth Sciences co-editors   While looking out your office (or home office) window, do you give any thought to wildlife? Many city dwellers may not think about wildlife often during a regular day. We don’t see bison roaming our city streets or cougars in the trees of […]

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When the cat’s away: Wildlife’s response to human self-isolation due to the pandemic

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Alina C. Fisher and Tanya Samman, Environmental and Earth Sciences co-editors Currently, self-isolation is the norm for people all over the world as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. While you’ve been staying home, you’ve been justifiably worried about the health of your family and friends, your career, and the economic impacts of the pandemic, […]

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Beyond the bones, Part 2: Exceptional preservation in dinosaur fossils – dinosaur “mummies”

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Tanya Samman and Alina C. Fisher, Environmental and Earth Sciences editors In Part 1 of this two-part series, we discussed findings that have given us fascinating new insights into the inner workings of dinosaurs and snapshots of dinosaur appearance, but dinosaur “mummies” are even more exciting and revealing. “Mummies” What exactly is a dinosaur “mummy”? […]

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Beyond the bones, Part 1: Exceptional preservation in dinosaur fossils—proteins, blood vessels, medullary bone, and beaks and bills

Ornithomimus edmontonicus, Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology (TMP) 95.110.01

Tanya Samman and Alina C. Fisher, Environmental and Earth Sciences editors When people think of dinosaur fossils, they often picture dusty skeletons in a museum display, sometimes still partly encased in rock and surrounded by the plaster they were wrapped in when collected in the field. However, dinosaurs were dynamic living organisms in their time […]

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Of dragonglass and men: Parallels and differences between Westeros and Earth

  Alina C. Fisher and Tanya Samman, Environmental and Earth Sciences co-editors ~SPOILER ALERT~ The TV show Game of Thrones ended with a bang on May 19, 2019 – or given the numerous criticisms of the finale, perhaps it would be more apt to say that it melted into a fiery heap like the Iron Throne. […]

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