We have evolved to communicate
There’s a reason we look so different to our near relatives.
The need to develop social skills helped shape the modern human face, scientists have suggested. Writing in the jour...
In primates, evolution is a ball game
Looking handsome comes at a very personal cost.
Evolution is fundamentally an exercise in trade-offs – speed versus bulk, running versus tree-climbing, that sort of ...
Mass extinction and “morphospace”
The slow return to diversity is fuelled by tensions.
Theory tells us that after a mass extinction, an event where the diversity of species is drastically reduced, nature ...
Lizard produces eggs and live young
Vertebrate observed spreading its reproductive options.
Versatility, it is generally acknowledged, is a useful evolutionary trait, but an Australian lizard, the three-toed s...
Water beetles mate to an evolutionary standstill
Adaptations to male harassment result in speciation barrier.
A species of diving beetle is having mating problems, and that’s of interest to more than just diving beetles. Grapo...
Amoebas diversified earlier than thought
Study challenges standard view on ancient diversity.
Amoebas diversified at least 750 million years ago, far earlier than previously thought, researchers have revealed. ...
A year in the life of a giant sloth
A fossillised tooth reveals the secrets of a single animal.
A massive fossilised tooth from central America has opened a window into life for a giant ground sloth that lived 27,...
Crocodiles have evolved more than we think
Research pinpoints three shifts from terrestrial to aquatic.
If you’ve ever looked at a crocodile and felt like you were looking at a window to the Jurassic Period, you aren’t al...
Weird worms challenge complexity argument
New classification sheds light on evolution of simplification.
Looking like a character from a gothic fantasy, a chaetognath. Credit: Creative Commons Japanese scientists have ...
Lynn Margulis, contrarian to the end
Scientist revolutionised evolutionary theory.
Evolutionary biologist Lynn Margulis has variously been regarded as a revolutionary and an eccentric. The web encyclo...
Vertebrate evolution kicked off in lagoons
First animals with backbones traced to shallow “hot-spots”.
Scientists have discovered that shallow, lagoon-like environments were the cradle for vertebrate evolution, giving ri...
How Nemo got his stripes
Clownfish variation reflects evolutionary pressures.
Coral reef fish display all sorts of patterns and colours. One of the most recognisable is that of the clownfish – a ...