How researchers have pinpointed the origin of 'warm-blooded' mammals July 20, 2022

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00:46 When did mammals start to regulate their temperature? The evolution of ‘warm bloodedness’ allowed mammals to live in a more diverse range of habitats, but working out when this occurred has been difficult. To try and pin down a date, researchers have studied the fossilised remains of ancient mammals' inner ears, which suggest that this key evolutionary leap appeared around 230 million years ago. Research Article: Araujo et al. News and Views: Evolution of thermoregulation as told by ear ## ## 07:14 Research Highlights A new surgical glue that’s both strong and easy to remove, and southern fin …



00:46 When did mammals start to regulate their temperature?

The evolution of ‘warm bloodedness’ allowed mammals to live in a more diverse range of habitats, but working out when this occurred has been difficult. To try and pin down a date, researchers have studied the fossilised remains of ancient mammals' inner ears, which suggest that this key evolutionary leap appeared around 230 million years ago.

Research Article: Araujo et al.

News and Views: Evolution of thermoregulation as told by ear

07:14 Research Highlights

A new surgical glue that’s both strong and easy to remove, and southern fin whales return to Antarctica after being hunted to near extinction.

Research Highlight: This adhesive bandage sticks strongly — even to hairy skin

Research Highlight: A feeding frenzy of 150 whales marks a species’ comeback

09:47 Structure of an enzyme reveals how its so efficient

Hydrogen dependent CO2 reductase is an enzyme that can convert CO2 from the air into formic acid that can be used as fuel. It also does this extremely efficiently, but nobody has been quite sure how. Now researchers have an idea based on a detailed structural analysis.

Research Article: Dietrich et al.

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