Australian Geographic: Secrets of leaf size revealed

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LiveScience: Newfound dino looks like creepy love child of a turkey and ostrich

A new giant bird-like dinosaur discovered in China has been named for SMU paleontologist Louis L. Jacobs, Corythoraptor jacobsi, by the scientists who identified the new oviraptorid.

The New York Times: Something Strange in Usain Bolt’s Stride

The New York Times covers the research of SMU locomotion expert Dr. Peter Weyand and his SMU Locomotor Performance Lab in "Bolt is the fastest sprinter ever in spite of — or because of? — an uneven stride that upends conventional wisdom."

Does symmetry matter for speed? Study finds Usain Bolt may have asymmetrical running gait

SMU study suggests the right and left legs of world champion sprinter Usain Bolt, the world’s fastest man, may perform differently, defying current scientific assumptions about running speed.

How Stuff Works: Could Humans Break the Two-hour Marathon Barrier?

How Stuff Works reporter Julia Layton tapped the expertise of SMU biomechanics expert Peter Weyand for a news story about the burning question of the limits of human speed and whether — or when — runners will break the two-hour marathon barrier. Weyand explained the biomechanics of human locomotion, particularly as it pertains to fast [...]

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