Research Publication
Asst Professor of Biology Lars Schmitz
New research by Assistant Professor of Biology Lars Schmitz reveals ancient animals may have become active at night 100 million years earlier than previously thought. In “Nocturnality in Synapsids Predates the Origin of Mammals by Over 100 Million Years” in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Schmitz and co-author Kenneth Angielczyk explain how analyzing tiny bones in the eyes of prehistoric mammal relatives led to this ground-breaking finding.

Schmitz and Angielczyk’s findings will be useful to researchers studying the visual systems and behavior of living mammals and may spur the rethinking of some long-held ideas, such as mammals becoming nocturnal to avoid competition with dinosaurs.  


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