Evolution in the City

For this New York Times article, Carl Zimmer tags along with some urban evolutionary biologists — researchers who seem to have some different experiences than other field researchers. "We get police called on us a lot," says Jason Munshi-South, an assistant professor at Baruch College. "Sometimes with guns drawn." His group is studying white-footed mice that live in different parts of New York City and has found that mouse populations from different parks are genetically distinct.

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