evolution

  • Where did the honey bee come from?

    Understanding the origins of the planet’s most prolific pollinator.

    It has, apparently, been a long-standing and hotly contested debate in science: from where did our beloved honey bee ...

    Animals December 4, 2021
  • Why do we have a chin?

    The chin serves no obvious purpose.

    Big, small and sometimes dimpled, everyone has a chin – and we’d look pretty odd without one. But why is it there? Th...

    Archaeology November 8, 2021
  • Snakes dined out after dinosaurs died out

    The emergence of a diverse diet propelled snake evolution.

    Around 66 million years ago, the dinosaurs died out. But it wasn’t a sad day for everyone, with mammal and bird evolu...

    Evolution October 15, 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...

    Evolution August 26, 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...

    Australia August 11, 2021
  • What is gain of function research in genetics?

    Speculation about viral leaks in Wuhan brings research techniques into the spotlight.

    It’s the rumour that won’t go away – that SARS-CoV-2 was accidentally leaked from a high biosecurity lab in Wuhan, Ch...

    Biology July 6, 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...

    Biology June 15, 2021
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    The domestic history of goats How and where were goats domesticated? 10,000-year-old DNA might be able to tell us....

    Animals June 14, 2021
  • How seals adapted to move through water

    Collaboration of zoologists and engineers solves seal “evolutionary riddle”.

    Have you ever wondered how seals learned to perform their skilled underwater acrobatics? Zoologist David Hocking, ...

    Marine life May 7, 2021
  • How mammals evolved big brains

    Brain proportions were driven by body size and cataclysmic events.

    Scientists have now pieced together a 150-million-year timeline to determine how mammals evolved big brains. An in...

    History April 29, 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
  • Long-held theory of vertebrate evolution upended

    Fossils indicate lamprey larvae have evolved – probably not ancient.

    For a long time, it was thought that the lamprey – jawless fish of the superclass Cyclostomata – were remnants of a p...

    Biology March 10, 2021
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