Carleton University Professor Hillary Maddin is conducting evolutionary research on glowing salamanders.

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Carleton University students and Professor Hillary Maddin, are busy at work trying to find out if glowing salamanders hold the key to long-standing evolutionary questions. Their research investigates specific gene functions using fluorescent axolotls. By understanding these living amphibians better, and their genetic mechanisms, researchers can piece together patterns of evolutionary change in some of the earliest animals to walk on land — over 300 million years ago. Maddin recently acquired four pairs of axolotls, an aquatic salamander species, to assist in research on the evolutionary changes of skull development. Watch Adrian Harewood's interview on Our Ottawa.

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