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A Method for Studying Dinosaurs Can Also Help Fight the Spread of the Flu

Dinosaurs and influenza would seem to have nothing in common, but a powerful new method of analyzing biogeographical data can be applied to both — helping to solve mysteries about long-extinct animals, while also preventing flu's spread.

Six reconstructed evolutionary paths for the dinosaur species a) Rhoetosaurus brownei, b) Archaeopteryx lithographica, c) Stegosaurus stenops, d) Andesaurus delgadoi, e) Dromaeosaurus albertensis, f) Tyrannosaurus rex. | Ciara O'Donovan et al., Nature Ecology & Evolution
Fossil of Archaeopteryx lithographica, excavated in southern Germany | James Amos, Wikimedia Commons