By Emily Greenhalgh Sharks are some of the most popular animals, but how they spend their time in the ocean is a bit of a mystery. Shark biologist and MBL Whitman Fellow Craig O’Connell has developed the Shark Harness, which films and tracks tagged sharks, providing insight into post-release behavior, predator-prey interactions, and habitat preference.
Whitman Center Scientists Katharine Criswell and Andrew Gillis of the University of Cambridge, U.K., co-authored a new paper in the Journal eLife. Many people don’t realize that the major components of the backbone (for example, the centra, which make up the core of the backbone) have evolved independently many, many times within vertebrate animals. A