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Scientist Stephen Brusatte points out that diversity of scientists is helping to diversify discoveries. Women have increasingly contributed to this year’s most important discoveries. “It used to be an old men’s club…” Brusatte recalled, “but over the last few decades that’s started to change. My lab here in Edinburgh, for instance, is very female dominated. Of my eight Ph.D. students, seven are female.” He points to women such as Beijing-based Jingmai O’Connor, Ph.D. as being at the forefront of understanding the link between birds and dinosaurs.