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Natural Selections

On Natural Selections each week, join a short conversation on the natural world. Topics range from evolutionary biology to geology and wildlife, from climate science to animal and human behavior.

Ellen Rocco
The program is hosted by NCPR news director Martha Foley joined by naturalist Dr. Curt Stager of Paul Smith's College.

Support for Natural Selections is provided by the Glenn and Carol Pearsall Adirondack Foundation, dedicated to improving the quality of life for year-round residents of the Adirondack Park, and by Paul Smith's, the College of the Adirondacks.

New Book: Deep Future

"The course we take in the coming decades will affect not just the next hundred years, but the next hundred thousand years of life on this planet." --Curt Stager

Deep Future
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Curt Stager on On Point

Curt StagerListen to Dr. Curt Stager as the guest on On Point, 3/24/11, talking about his new book, Deep Future: the Next 100,000 Years of Life on Earth.

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Natural History
This bird likes livers, kidneys, entrails — anything it can pluck that's freshly dead. But what if you served it ... a painting?
 
Museums are filled with dead insects, birds, fish, mammals and reptiles meticulously gathered worldwide in the name of scientific discovery. But some researchers now say scientists should think twice.
 
A secretive, nocturnal species that lives on a remote island off the coast of Mexico had not been spotted since 1936. Scientists have concluded it is genetically distinct from mainland neighbors.
 
The Smithsonian is set to unpack something it's never had before: a rare, nearly complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton. It's a gift from a Montana museum that says this T. rex deserves to be famous.
 
A 325 million-year-old fossil find shows that the gill structures of modern sharks are actually quite different from their ancient ancestors.
 
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Natural Selections with hosts Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager airs Thursday mornings during The Eight O'Clock Hour.

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Natural Selections: Chipmunks

Curt Stager talks with Martha Foley about the chipmunks that live around his home, and he explains how to have them eating out of your hand.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Deer Adaptation

Over the next few months fawns will be born. What adaptations do they have to survive and how long do they stay with their mother.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Odds and Ends

Two tidbits--a new taste for the tongue, "MSG", and just how long is longevity supposed to be. Dr. Curt Stager and Martha keep it short.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: "Frozen" Fish

Frozen fish that come back to life when thawed? Find out with Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Dark-eyed Juncos

Dark-eyed Juncos are abundant winter visitors to the North Country. Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager discuss their habits and habitats.  Go to full article

Narural Selections: Meteors

What can you tell about meteors from how they look? Find out what they're made of with Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Gemstones

What is it about diamonds and other jewels that make them so special? Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager talk about gemstones.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Properties of Snow

The more one lives in the snow, the more words one has to describe snowfall and snow conditions. Dr. Curt Stager shares some terms for the forms snow can take.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Eastern Hemlock

Stands of eastern hemlock can be kind of gloomy, and its bark is more prized than its lumber. Find out more about this North Country native from Dr. Curt Stager and Martha Foley.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Biodiversity, part 2

Is it more important to keep a wild area as diverse as possible or simply maintain the plants and animals native to that habitat? A discussion about the difference between biodiversity and biointegrity with Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager.  Go to full article

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