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Complex genetic ancestry of Americans uncovered

A paper published in Nature Communication by Cristian Capelli, Francesco Montinaro and colleagues describes the complex ancestry profiles of American populations. Populations from the Americas have been shown to retain genetic signatures related to several groups in Europe and Africa, mirroring the historical movements of people from these continents related to the Slave trade and the European colonisation. Contributions from the UK, Spain and other southern European populations have been highlighted, while African source populations were identified all across the continent.

Anomalocaridid trunk limb homology revealed by a giant filter-feeder with paired flaps

Anomalocaridids were bizarre, giant predators of the Cambrian seas. A paper published in Nature this week by Dr. Allison Daley and collaborators describes a more recent anomalocaridid from the Ordovician of Morocco. This early arthropod, Aegirocassis benmoulae, was a filter-feeder over two meters long. Evolving at a time when plankton in the world's oceans was diversifying, it foreshadows similar but convergent trends in sharks and whales.

Congratulations to

Tom Pizzari on being awarded the ZSL Scientific Medal in recognition of scientific merit.

Jen Perry on being awarded the Christopher Barnard Award for Outstanding Contributions by a New Investigator from the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour
Link: http://asab.nottingham.ac.uk/awards/cba.php.

Congratulations to Ashleigh Griffin for being awarded an ERC Consolidator grant.

Milton Barbosa won the prize for the best student poster at the 2014 joint British Ecological Society & Société Française d'Écologie Annual Meeting with his poster on “The role of an abundant species in food web structure: an experimental approach”.