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Complex Animals Led to More Oxygen, Says Maverick Theory

For decades, researchers have commonly assumed that higher oxygen levels led to the sudden diversification of animal life 540 million years ago. But one iconoclast argues the opposite: that new animal behaviors raised oxygen levels and remade the environment.

Sylvia Earle in one-person submersible DeepWorker
Abstractions blog

Sylvia Earle Is Not Done Exploring

The legendary marine biologist discusses why she’s excited about the coming era of ocean science, the shortsightedness of maritime exploitation and diving in the Arctic in her 80s.

Abstractions blog

How to Grow a New Model Organism

To develop new model organisms, scientists will have to find species that are easy to grow in the lab.

zoology

Biologists Search for New Model Organisms

The bulk of biological research is centered on a handful of species. Are we missing a huge chunk of interesting biology?