Carnegie Museum Gets Grant to Study Mammal Evolution; A National Science Foundation Grant Will Help Support Pittsburgh's Carnegie Museum of Natural History's Efforts to Research Placental Mammals and STEM Educational Programs. [Derived Headline]

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Carnegie Museum Gets Grant to Study Mammal Evolution; A National Science Foundation Grant Will Help Support Pittsburgh's Carnegie Museum of Natural History's Efforts to Research Placental Mammals and STEM Educational Programs. [Derived Headline]


Pickels, Mary, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


A National Science Foundation grant will help support Pittsburgh's Carnegie Museum of Natural History's efforts to research placental mammals and STEM educational programs.

John Wible, section of mammals curator, says the project the $397,706 grant will fund aims to shed light on how mammals fared the Cretaceous extinction (K-Pg extinction), an event known for the demise of non-avian dinosaurs.

The museum will partner with Duquesne University, Purdue University Northwest, and the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science as well as international collaborators from the United Kingdom, China, and Brazil.

Wible's project intends to better understand the origins of placental mammals and conclusively determine which lineages passed through the K-Pg extinction. The international team will study museum collections in North and South America, Europe, and Asia, and utilize the Oakland museum's sections of mammals and vertebrate paleontology research collection.

"This is an exciting opportunity to analyze the history of vertebrate evolution," Wible said in a news release. …

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