Alisa J. WInkler

2010 a year of advances for SMU scientific researchers at the vanguard of those helping civilization

ATLAS%20150x120.jpgSMU scientists are at the forefront of cutting-edge research aimed at addressing some of the world’s most pressing challenges, questions and issues.

See a sampling of the work they tackle, from Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases, to immigration, diabetes, evolution, childhood obesity and more. Besides working in campus labs and within the Dallas-area community, SMU scientists conduct research throughout the world. Continue reading

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Rodents, diverse and abundant in prehistoric Africa, shed light on human evolution

Cane%20rate%2C%20Uganda%2C%2020%20mya%20400x300.jpgRodents were diverse and abundant in prehistoric Africa. Their fossilized remains have been found in locales famous for a role in human evolution.

For that reason, says SMU paleontologist Alisa WInkler, rodents play an important role in corroborating the evidence from geology and plant and animal fossils about the ancient environments of our human ancestors and other prehistoric mammals.
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