Evolution

  • Untangling branches in the mammal tree of life

    Research allows comparisons among distantly related lineages.

    A new approach to the mammalian tree of life allows comparison between mammals as distantly related as a platypus and...

    Evolution December 16, 2019
  • Dung beetle’s horns not so novel after all

    Research finds they stem from the same genes as wings.

    A revelation that the dung beetle’s thoracic horns grew from wing genes challenges biology textbook definitions of no...

    Evolution November 24, 2019
  • Why mammals have such complex backbones

    Changes linked to active nature and high metabolisms.

    Compared to other vertebrate animals such as reptiles, mammals have complex and unexpectedly weird backbones. Their ...

    Evolution November 7, 2019
  • Species v hybrid. More fuel for the debate

    The evolutionary importance of hybridisation.

    By their nature, conflicting ideas about evolution aren’t easily resolved. Some – such as the role of hybridisation i...

    Evolution October 31, 2019
  • How mammals inherited the Earth

    Scientists map out first million years of life after the dinosaurs

    Sixty-six million years ago, an asteroid roughly the size of Malta slammed into the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico. The...

    Evolution October 24, 2019
  • European pigs shook off their ancestry

    Modern breeds show virtually no signs of arrival from Near East.

    When ancient Near Eastern farmers migrated westward into Europe about 8500 years ago, they brought their pigs with th...

    Evolution August 13, 2019
  • How do Sherpas thrive up here?

    Study suggests it’s something to do with their kidneys.

    The ability of sure-footed Sherpas to scale the oxygen-rare slopes of the Himalayas without losing puff has enthralle...

    Evolution July 30, 2019
  • Spawn of the triffid?

    Organisms shed insight into a complex evolutionary world.

    This is Rhodelphis limneticus, one of two newly discovered organisms that Canadian and Russian researchers say point ...

    Evolution July 17, 2019
  • Ancient DNA sheds light on early cattle

    Genomic analysis reveals a complex history.

    Cows are seemingly simple creatures. Their history is anything but. An analysis of ancient genomes from domestic cat...

    Evolution July 11, 2019
  • Sponge blob square pants

    Study overturns understanding of evolutionary history.

    This is a cross-section of a type of cell found in sponges known as a choanocyte. It is not what it seems. Until now...

    Evolution June 12, 2019
  • Evolution: the product of random mutation

    The paths available to evolving organisms are far from limitless.

    biletskiy/Shutterstock What would happen if the hands of time were turned back to an arbitrary point in our evolutio...

    Evolution June 7, 2019
  • Eurasian migration steppe by steppe

    Genomes show interactions were moderated by geography.

    Geographical features represent a strong barrier to human gene flow across inner Eurasia, genetic research has reveal...

    Evolution April 29, 2019
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