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Scientists retrace monarch’s toxin-immunity evolution

October 5, 2019

Small genetic changes prevent a normally fatal poison from killing monarch butterflies. By editing these genes into laboratory…
Tiny plankton slow to recover after dinosaur killing asteroid collision

September 30, 2019

A team of scientists have revealed that after the devastation caused by a mass extinction event on Earth…
Catching evolution in the act

September 27, 2019

Charles Darwin was right. In his 1859 book, “On the Origin of Species,” the famed scientist hypothesized that…
Less genes for a life in water

September 26, 2019

While whales and dolphins spend their entire life in the ocean, these air-breathing mammals actually evolved from terrestrial…
Guppies teach us why evolution happens

September 19, 2019

Guppies, a perennial pet store favorite, have helped a UC Riverside scientist unlock a key question about evolution:…
Fruit flies’ microbiomes shape their evolution

September 18, 2019

The expression “you are what you eat” has taken on new meaning. In an experiment in fruit flies,…
Ancient pathway uncovers calcium’s role in egg development

September 10, 2019

A new study of fruit flies (Drosophila) uncovers an ancient and fundamental mechanism that provides details into a…
Were pterosaurs the flamingos of the Jurassic?

September 10, 2019

Never mind bats and birds, pterosaurs were the first real evolutionary heroes who gained the ability of powered…
High standards of female songbirds could be driving their mates to evolve

September 9, 2019

Hearing longer love songs from songbirds in your backyard? Chalk it up to sexual preference – and high…
Undercover Evolution

September 6, 2019

Providing a glimpse of the hidden workings of evolution, a group of researchers at UC Santa Barbara have…
What a Virginia wildflower can tell us about climate change

September 3, 2019

When climates change, plants and animals often are forced to colonize new areas – or possibly go extinct.…
Humans were changing the planet earlier than we knew

September 2, 2019

Humans had caused significant landcover change on Earth up to 4000 years earlier than previously thought, University of…
Extreme evolution

August 28, 2019

Researchers at McMaster University who rush in after storms to study the behaviour of spiders have found that…
Survival of the fittest: Research team finds that population density is key to evolution

August 28, 2019

A multiuniversity research team including a Florida State scientist has found that a lack of predators creates an…
Compound hastens sexual maturity, and death, in worms

August 26, 2019

Every day, people are exposed to myriad chemicals both natural and synthetic, some of which may affect human…
Not Just Genes: Environment Also Shaped Population Variation in First Americans

August 20, 2019

The first Americans – humans who crossed onto the North American continent and then dispersed throughout Central and…
From the tiny testes of flies, new insight into how genes arise

August 19, 2019

In the battle of the sexes, males appear to have the innovative edge—from a genetic standpoint, at least.…
Scientists aim to solve ‘male-killing’ evolutionary insect puzzle

August 19, 2019

Researchers at the University of Liverpool are leading a new international project to investigate the curious phenomenon of…
Gene regulation behind the choice of the correct receptor for olfaction

August 16, 2019

Scientists at Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) have uncovered the genetics behind two distinct types of olfactory…
Mastering metabolism for shark and ray survival

August 12, 2019

Understanding the internal energy flow – including the metabolism – of large ocean creatures like sharks and rays…
How did the turtle get its shell?

August 8, 2019

Turtles are a beautiful mystery in the animal kingdom. Anyone who has ever been lucky enough to see…
Sometimes you feel like a nut

August 7, 2019

Despite their large body size, gorillas are known to have a vegetarian diet consisting almost exclusively of leafy…
Genes that first enabled plants to grow leaves identified by scientists

August 6, 2019

The genes that first enabled plants to grow shoots and conquer the land have been identified by University…
Team sequences the Komodo dragon genome

August 5, 2019

The Komodo dragons are the largest lizards in the world. These predators weighing up to 200 pounds can…
Pre-Life Building Blocks Spontaneously Align in Evolutionary Experiment

August 5, 2019

When Earth was a lifeless planet about 4 billion years ago, chemical components came together in tiny molecular…
Ladies’ choice: What drives faster, flashier formation of new animal species

August 1, 2019

Evolution is actually a Sadie Hawkins dance, as new research shows females not only determine whether male animals…
Evolutionary Gene Loss May Help Explain Why Only Humans are Prone to Heart Attacks

July 23, 2019

Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine say the loss of a single gene two…
Our platelet cells, which prevent us from bleeding all the time, evolved 300 million years ago

July 17, 2019

Everything in nature is interrelated. Evolution gave us incredible capabilities and pretty good bodies, but some features that…
Timing is everything for the mutualistic relationship between ants and acacias

July 16, 2019

In the 1960s, Penn biologist Dan Janzen, as part of earning his Ph.D., re-described what has become a…
Key early steps for origin of life occur under a variety of conditions

July 9, 2019

Potential precursors to life on Earth form from a variety of complex mixtures, according to a team of…
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