The Stories Behind the Bones

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Science  05 Nov 1999:
Vol. 286, Issue 5442, pp. 1071-1074
DOI: 10.1126/science.286.5442.1071

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DENVER, COLORADO-- There's more to paleontology than fossils, as was shown here on 20 to 23 October at the 59th meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. Genetics labs, for example, uncovered an Ice Age disease; a changing atmosphere was fingered as the force behind the evolution of mammals in North America; and dissecting modern animals has hinted at the reason dinosaurs had such big noses.