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Ancient ‘genomic parasites’ spurred evolution of pregnancy in mammals

January 30, 2015

The evolution of biological structures and functions from existing ones, for example a forearm from a fish fin,…
Researchers find incest in one mammal species appears to be the safest approach

December 29, 2014

A small team of researchers with members from the U.K. and Germany has found an example of a…
Researchers find UV sensitivity in wide range of mammals

February 20, 2014

Biologists Ron Douglas and Glen Jeffery of City University and University College in the U.K. have upended the…
Research team claims fossil-only study of placental mammalian evolution time frame is wrong

January 16, 2014

An artist’s rendering of the hypothetical placental ancestor, a small insect-eating animal. Credit: Carl Buell A team of…
Fossil of largest known platypus discovered in Australia

November 5, 2013

This image shows Obdurodon tharalkooschild, a middle to late Cenozoic giant toothed platypus from the the World Heritage fossil…
Dolphins assist scientists studying effects of data-logging tags

October 25, 2013

For scientists studying marine mammals in the wild, data-logging tags are invaluable tools that allow them to observe…
New antiviral response discovered in mammals

October 14, 2013

Researchers of ETH Zurich have discovered a part of the innate immune system in mice that had only…
Innate virus-killing power discovered in mammals

October 11, 2013

Scientists have a promising new approach to combating deadly human viruses thanks to an educated hunch by University…
Japan dolphin-killing town to open marine park

October 8, 2013

The Japanese town made infamous by the Oscar-winning documentary “The Cove” will open a marine park where visitors…
Doing it to death: suicidal sex in ‘marsupial mice’

October 8, 2013

Imagine if you only had one shot at passing on your genes before you died. It happens more…
Hibernating lemurs hint at the secrets of sleep

September 5, 2013

By studying hibernation, a Duke University team is providing a window into why humans sleep. Observations of a…
Prehistoric climate change due to cosmic crash in Canada: Team reveals cause of global climate shift 12,900 years ago

September 3, 2013

For the first time, a dramatic global climate shift has been linked to the impact in Quebec of…
The slow and fast steps to becoming a mammal

August 30, 2013

There are more than 5,000 species of mammals alive today and most people would argue that they are…
Study examines overlooked role fruit-eating crocodilians may play in forest regeneration

August 22, 2013

It turns out that alligators do not live on meat alone. Neither do Nile crocodiles. A new study…
Lampreys provide hints to ancient immune cells

August 13, 2013

Lampreys, seen here in a laboratory tank, have immune cells resembling the gamma delta T cells found in…
New proto-mammal fossil sheds light on evolution of earliest mammals

August 8, 2013

A newly discovered fossil reveals the evolutionary adaptations of a 165-million-year-old proto-mammal, providing evidence that traits such as…
Bat maps: The conservation crusade

July 3, 2013

Conservation efforts have taken an important step forward, thanks to observations of bats – creatures that make up…
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