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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

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”.

The foraging behaviour of sympatric seabird species

A new paper in Marine Ecology Progress Series by Zoology D.Phil student Akiko Shoji and colleagues reports a study on the foraging behaviour of sympatric seabird species. At Skomer Island, a National Nature Reserve run by the South and West Wales Naturalists Trust, the iconic razorbill and puffin breed in close proximity and therefore presumably compete for fish to feed their young. Using miniature electronic pressure-temperature sensors on both species simultaneously authors were able to characterise their diving behaviour in detail.