Evolution

  • Why do humans have bigger brains than apes?

    Researchers identify key genetic switch in brains grown in a dish.

    Human brains grow three times larger than those of our primate cousins – and researchers have just figured out how.  ...

    Evolution March 25, 2021
  • Ancient tree-climbing kangaroo discovered

    Researchers discover extinct kangaroo adapted for life in the upper storey.

    Researchers have discovered an extinct tree-climbing kangaroo species, which boasted powerful hind- and forelimbs, gr...

    Evolution March 24, 2021
  • Diverse crocodiles underwent rapid evolution

    New study reveals ancient crocodiles were far more disparate than today, thanks to rapid evolution.

    Ancient crocodile species were far more diverse than their modern counterparts, occupying niches held today by animal...

    Evolution March 24, 2021
  • 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
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