University of Southern California

Whale sex: It's all in the hips

(Phys.org) —Both whales and dolphins have pelvic (hip) bones, evolutionary remnants from when their ancestors walked on land more than 40 million years ago. Common wisdom has long held that those bones ...

Sep 08, 2014 4.8 / 5 (13) 8

Venus flytrap of the sea

A team of USC Dornsife biologists affiliated with the USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies is working on a $1.2 million study of marine organisms that are the microscopic equivalent of the Venus ...

Jun 20, 2014 5 / 5 (1) 0

The small but mighty chickpea

Bumping along the dirt roads of rural southeastern Turkey in a battered Jeep, Sergey Nuzhdin and his team of collaborators got an occasional glimpse of the plumes of smoke rising across the border in war-torn ...

Mar 31, 2014 2.5 / 5 (4) 1

When dinosaurs flew

(Phys.org) —A team of paleontologists affiliated with USC Dornsife and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County has determined that birds were capable of modern flight patterns much earlier than ...

Feb 05, 2014 4.9 / 5 (12) 0 | with audio podcast