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Humans and other primates are outliers among mammals for having nails instead of claws. But how, when and why we transitioned from claws to nails has been an evolutionary head-scratcher. Now, new fossil evidence shows that ancient primates – including one of the oldest known, Teilhardina brandti – had specialized grooming claws as well as nails. The findings, published online in the Journal of Human Evolution, overturn the prevailing assumption that the earliest primates had nails on all their digits and suggest the transition from claws to nails was more complex than previously thought. “Our results demonstrate that grooming claws were more widespread…

Stony Brook’s Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center (AERTC) will play a key role in a nationwide research and development consortium for the offshore wind industry. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority was awarded a $18.5 million U.S. Department of Energy grant to establish the National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced last week. New York State, through NYSERDA, has committed an additional $20.5 million to fund the consortium supporting Gov. Cuomo’s initiative Reforming the Energy Vision (REV). “As a major international research university, Stony Brook is deeply committed to applying the results of its…

On a Wednesday morning at the Long Island State Veterans Home (LISVH) in Stony Brook, resident Al Anderson was feeling agitated. His wife was in the hospital, and not being there for her stirred up waves of emotion in the Vietnam veteran. Like many others who have served our country, Anderson now lives with anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). That day’s outcome would be different, however, thanks to a groundbreaking new initiative at the home, a major teaching affiliate of Stony Brook Medicine. Anderson would be among the first at the LISVH to try out their recently-acquired virtual…

Internationally recognized ocean conservation expert Ellen Pikitch, from the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook University, discusses eDNA analysis — a tool that may help scientists learn more about rare marine life than ever before — in a perspectives piece in the June 15 edition of Science. Pikitch is Endowed Professor of Ocean Conservation Science and Executive Director of the Institute for Ocean Conservation Science. In the Science piece, she explains how eDNA — obtained from seawater that contains sloughed skin cells, scales, secretions and other matter from marine organisms — is being used to detect species presence and…

Five Stony Brook women’s lacrosse student-athletes have been selected as All-Americans by the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches’ Association, as announced Thursday by the IWLCA. Kylie Ohlmiller (Islip, N.Y.) and Courtney Murphy (Shirley, N.Y.) were tabbed First Team All-Americans, Brooke Gubitosi (East Northport, N.Y.) and Ally Kennedy (North Babylon, N.Y.) were named to the Second Team, and Taryn Ohlmiller (Islip, N.Y.) was selected as a Third Team All-American. Kylie Ohlmilller recorded a nation-leading 157 points in 2018. She was selected as America East Offensive Player of the Year, has been tabbed an IWLCA All-Region First Team player, and was selected as an Inside Lacrosse Division I All-American. Ohlmiller finished her four-year career with the Seawolves posting an NCAA-record…

Like many University Scholars, Abigail Cobb ‘18 assumes multiple roles on campus. Her studious side comes out when she is conducting psychology research, and an artistic side appears when she performs as a soloist with Stony Brook’s only all-female a capella troupe, The Pipettes. And there’s another side — the easygoing public persona she flashes as a barista at the East Campus Starbucks. The challenge of reconciling all these sides may explain why Abigail became a psychology major. She first became interested in the subject when she took an introductory course in her Poughkeepsie, NY, high school and was drawn…