Evolution

  • Thumbs up (and over)

    Manual dexterity emerged two million years ago, study suggests.

    Dexterous thumbs – considered a hallmark of being human – were present two million years ago, according to a study pu...

    News January 29, 2021
  • Research

    Useless evolution

    Some evolutionary changes have no particular reason or benefit.

    It’s easy to focus on the big picture when one thinks of evolution: how organisms adapt and change over the march of ...

    Evolution January 18, 2021
  • Stark legacy: secrets of dire wolves revealed

    Forensic DNA reveals dire wolves are their own species.

    If you think dire wolves (Canis dirus) are closely related to other wolves then you know nothing, Jon Snow. A new ...

    Evolution January 14, 2021
  • Wolfish thylacines

    Skull scans demonstrate example of convergent evolution.

    The extinct Tasmanian tiger, or thylacine (Thylacinus cynocephalus), remains one of Australia’s most iconic and myste...

    Evolution January 12, 2021
  • Evolutionary link that helped pterosaurs fly

    Fossils suggest flightless relative was a middleman.

    It’s taking time – in no small part due to the difficulty in finding good evidence – but we’re slowly learning more a...

    Evolution December 10, 2020
  • Rethinking the origins of complex life

    Studies shift timeline by 100 million years.

    Scientists from Australia, Germany, France and the US have shifted the timeline of the origin of complex life, overtu...

    Evolution November 24, 2020
  • Well-preserved addition to the evolution story

    South African cave throws up another important find.

    A two-million-year-old hominin skull has been uncovered in a South African cave, providing fresh insight into the mic...

    Evolution November 10, 2020
  • Five eyes and quite a story to tell

    Fossil fills gap in the evolution of arthropods.

    The fossilised 520-million-year-old creature shown above had five eyes on stalks, but that’s only part of its attract...

    Evolution November 5, 2020
  • How pterosaurs flew and what they ate

    More insights into the great lizards of the sky.

    Two new studies have uncovered details about how pterosaurs – the winged cousins of dinosaurs – evolved to become dea...

    Evolution October 29, 2020
  • Signs of change from a turbulent era

    Drill core reveals boom-bust landscape in Africa’s Rift Valley.

    A new drill core, preserving a million years of environmental history in the East African Rift Valley, is helping unt...

    Evolution October 22, 2020
  • Revisiting the question of reptile evolution

    Analysis contradicts adaptive radiation theory.

    Analysis of a vast database of reptilian information contradicts the theory that major transitions in evolution alway...

    Evolution October 8, 2020
  • Mozzies thrive with a gene missing

    Unfortunately, another has evolved to do its job.

    This may seem hard to believe given their tenacity and constant presence, but mosquitoes lack a gene that is critical...

    Evolution October 1, 2020
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