A new direction in evolution research is launching online soon.
Established in 2010, Paleobiomics represents a new direction for evolution research. Paleobiomicists examine microanatomical changes in hard tissues such as bones, teeth, and fish scales, and environmental variations for new insights on the development, metabolomism, physiology, function, and behavior of extinct and modern-day species.
With its focus on changes to hard tissue microanatomy and the environment and their relationship to evolutionary life history, Paleobiomics represents an approach to evolution research that is broader and more integrative than related interdisciplinary fields, such as Paleoanthropology, Paleontology, Paleobiology and Paleoecology.
For example, the human paleobiomics team discovered that the same biological clock that controls incremental tooth and bone growth also affects many metabolic processes, including heart and respiration rates. In fact, the rhythm affects an organism’s overall pace of life and its life span.