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“Ghost Soil Creature” Of Antarctica Has Survived 30 Ice Ages

A YouTube video produced by BYU University Communications highlights a primitive insect-like creature that has survived 30 ice ages and was recently rediscovered in Antarctica by a team of scientists who had been searching for it for decades. “This is what we affectionately refer to as the ghost collembola,” says BYU biology professor Byron Adams, …

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Tiny ‘ghost creatures’ from Antarctica give insight into past, current climate change

The DNA of tiny Antarctic invertebrates holds clues to past climates and the ancient history of a massive ice sheet. Learn more in this new paper from Diana Wall and colleagues. Collins, G. E. et al. Genetic diversity of soil invertebrates corroborates timing estimates for past collapses of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. Proc. Natl. …

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Our multi-site study on grassland nematodes and drought published in PNAS

Extreme drought alters trophic structure belowground, releasing plant parasites from predation. But the magnitude of these effects changes spatially. Those are the main conclusions of our study published today in PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Science). A press release about the study can be viewed here. These findings may have serious implications for the …

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