Secrets of the Crocodile Mummies
October 5, 2016
DNA detective work tracing the evolutionary history of crocodiles has led to several surprising discoveries. Evon Hekkala, a professor at Fordham University and research associate in the Museum’s Department of Herpetology, discusses how tissue samples from centuries old museum specimens shed light on the mysterious origins of the Nile crocodile—and may even explain the presence of crocodiles in medieval medicine cabinets.
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Evon Hekkala, Professor at Fordham University, and research associate at the American Museum of Natural History is a DNA Analyst who pursues research at the intersection of behavioral ecology, evolutionary biology, and conservation policy. This work incorporates genetic data from museum specimens, historical records, and archaeological sources into models that elucidate how changes in human management of landscapes have been tracked by species.
- Watch Evon Hekkala discuss her unusual career path, and fascinating crocodilian adventures in Madagascar.
- Listen to the WNYC podcast, “She Researches the World Without Leaving the Upper West Side”.
- Read a publication on mummy DNA that resurrects a cryptic species within the Nile crocodile.
- A blog post on the extensive DNA detective work tracing the evolutionary history of the Nile crocodile by researchers at the American Museum of Natural History.
- Take a Facebook Live tour through the Museum exhibit Crocs: Ancient Predators in a Modern World. Originally recorded live on June 8, 2016.
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Crocs: Ancient Predators in a Modern World was created by Peeling Productions at Clyde Peeling’s REPTILAND.
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More in this Series:
April 5, 2017
Biological anthropologist Zaneta Thayer explores the biological mechanisms through which early life stress influences biology and health later on.
May 3, 2017
Join herpetologist and Museum Curator Frank Burbrink on a journey to the remote forests of Madagascar, where his team recently discovered several new species of reptiles, including the elusive "ghost snake."