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UPDATED: Plan for Fix 50, think about changing your commute

All of us have homework to do for the highway project that will tie up traffic in May and June

Arrest made in Tercero trespass and theft

Police put out crime alert with photos — and tips follow

Commencement attire for faculty, administrators

Materiel Management and bookstore are taking orders

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Clown fish swimming in vegetation

Researchers traced reef fish ancestry by developing a comprehensive family tree of the major group of modern ocean fish.

Reef fish arrived in two waves

The world's reefs are hotbeds of biological diversity, including over 4,500 species of fish. A new study shows that the ancestors of these fish colonized reefs in two distinct waves, before and after the mass extinction event about 66 million years ago that wiped out the dinosaurs.

Reef fish represent one of the largest and most diverse assemblages of vertebrates, according to Samantha Price, a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Evolution and Ecology at UC Davis. Price is first author on a paper describing the work, published April 2 in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

The fossil record of reef fish is patchy, so Price and colleagues traced their ancestry by developing a comprehensive family tree of the major group of modern ocean fish, the acanthomorphs or "spiny-finned fish," and calculating the times when different groups migrated into or out of reef habitats.

News releases

UC Davis admits impress with academics, diversity

The University of California, Davis, has offered freshman admission to more than 24,550 students for fall 2014, a group that holds promise for enrolling one of the most diverse and academically impressive classes in campus history. UC Davis had 60,536 applications from which to make its offers…

Birthplace of the domesticated chili pepper identified in Mexico

Many colorful chilis in a long bunch

Central-east Mexico gave birth to the domesticated chili pepper — now the world’s most widely grown spice crop — reports an international team of researchers, led by a plant scientist at the University of California, Davis. Results from the four-pronged investigation — based on linguistic…

UC Davis to host annual UC Global Health Day on April 26

Featured speakers include UC President Janet Napolitano UC Davis and the University of California Global Health Institute will host global health leaders from California and beyond on Saturday, April 26, during the fourth annual UC Global Health Day. Topics ranging from global health diplomacy,…

UC Davis takes action: California Drought website, UC Drought Summit April 25, and new campus plan

Garden with California poppies and a redbud bush

The University of California, Davis, is taking a number of aggressive measures to address the current statewide drought. These include: Preparing a Drought Response Action Plan, released this week, to cut campus water use by 20 percent during the drought state of emergency. Organizing a free,…

Scientists solve the case of the red abalone die-off using new tool: forensic genomics

Abalone shells among the rocks on a beach

In August 2011, thousands of dead red abalone washed up on the beaches of Sonoma County in Northern California. At the time, the cause was unknown, but scientists, including a biologist from the University of California, Davis, learned that a harmful algal bloom was to blame: the causative agent…