Evolution

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    Searching for the dawn of animal life

    The new national park preserving Earth’s earliest life.

    Drone footage courtesy of Associate Prof Diego C. García-Bellido (South Australian Museum/University of Adelaide). ...

    Evolution September 9, 2021
  • Huge new fossil species uncovered in Canada

    Half-billion-year-old critter belonged to an extinct group of animals.

    Palaeontologists have dug up a brand new animal species from the Cambrian era, more than 500 million years ago. Remar...

    Palaeontology September 8, 2021
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    Reptile fossil provides clues to origin of snakes and lizards While palaeontologists know quite a lot about the ea...

    Evolution August 30, 2021
  • Fossil found in Brazilian police raid is best preserved of its kind

    Illegal trade bust reveals a remarkable specimen of a ground-dwelling pterosaur.

    An extraordinarily well-preserved pterosaur fossil, fondly referred to as one of the “crown jewels of the Museum of G...

    Palaeontology August 26, 2021
  • 'Never skip leg day' - Tetrapods evolved superfast

    Sustained rapid rates of evolution explain how tetrapods evolved from fish.

    When did tetrapods evolve from fish? Around 390 million years ago and it happened really, really quickly, according t...

    Evolution August 24, 2021
  • Early plants evolved from algae, fossils show

    It may be time to reconsider the way plant life has evolved on land, say researchers.

    A fresh look at spore-like microfossils has challenged conventional understanding of how plants evolved. In a stud...

    Plants August 13, 2021
  • More to learn about evolution from Galápagos finches

    An invasive parasite is demonstrating natural selection in action.

    Finches on the Galápagos Islands have become famous because of the subtle variations in species between islands. Thes...

    Evolution August 11, 2021
  • How snakes got their fangs

    Scientists crack the code of a toothy reptile mystery.

    The mystery of the evolution of snake fangs may have been solved by scientists at Flinders University. Fangs have ...

    Evolution August 11, 2021
  • Dog days in prehistoric Europe

    Remains suggest wild hunting dogs arrived in Europe more than 1.7 million years ago.

    Scientists have unearthed the earliest evidence of wild hunting dogs in Europe, from more than 1.7 million years ago ...

    Evolution July 30, 2021
  • In search of the oldest animal

    Sponge-like fossil found in ancient reef might be the earliest evidence of animal life.

    In the latest instalment in the quest to find our oldest animal ancestor, a Canadian geologist has unearthed a sponge...

    Evolution July 29, 2021
  • Sonic deception: stealth moths

    If you evolve to live in the dark, it’s handy if you develop some predator-evasion attributes.

    Forget stealth military jets. Moths were there first. But rather than dodging enemy radar, they’re playing a differen...

    Evolution June 15, 2021
  • The great unknown of global microbial diversity

    Scientists warn of a gap in our knowledge – with consequences for all life on Earth.

    While biologists are desperately raising the alarm about the rapidly decreasing diversity of plant and animal life, t...

    Evolution April 19, 2021
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