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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…
Cryptic Genetic Variation might Explain Hitherto Obscure Leaps in Biological Evolution

July 26, 2019

As is well known today, biological evolution proceeds via the accumulation of genetic variants – the more variation…
‘Bin chicken’ plays unique role in story of evolution

September 28, 2018

A University of Queensland researcher has uncovered how a French scientist and ibis researcher conducted the first test…
Getting to the roots of our ancient cousins’ diet

August 30, 2018

Ever since the discovery of the fossil remains of Australopithecus africanus from Taung nearly a century ago, and subsequent discoveries…
Pointy eggs more likely to stay put in birds’ cliffside nests, study finds

August 23, 2018

Natural selection – that merciless weeder-outer of biological designs that are out of step with the times –…
Study confirms truth behind ‘Darwin’s moth’

August 21, 2018

Scientists have revisited – and confirmed – one of the most famous textbook examples of evolution in action.…
Homo sapiens’ secret of success

August 1, 2018

A new study argues that the greatest defining feature of our species is not ‘symbolism’ or dramatic cognitive…
Gene loss can prove to be an advantage

April 19, 2018

During evolution, genes can be created, get mutated or duplicated, and even can get lost. To investigate to…
Human evolution still at work – scientists discovered signature of negative selection in human genome

April 18, 2018

We often learn about human evolution as something that happened. But who said that evolution is a completed…
Natural selection still at work in people

April 18, 2018

Evolution has shaped the human race, with University of Queensland researchers finding signatures of natural selection in the genome that…
Life on the edge prepares plants for climate change

December 18, 2017

In the first study to predict whether different populations of the same plant species can adapt to climate…
Passenger pigeon genome shows effects of natural selection in a huge population

November 24, 2017

The passenger pigeon is famous for the enormous size of its historical population in North America (estimated at 3…
“First Arrival” Hypothesis in Darwin’s Finches Gets Some Caveats

April 27, 2017

Being first in a new ecosystem provides major advantages for pioneering species, but the benefits may depend on…
Climate change has the potential to alter natural selection, study finds

March 5, 2017

Changing rainfall and drought patterns likely play a key role in shaping natural selection among plants and animals…
Hereditary diseases are the price of protection against infections

September 3, 2016

Almost half our genes can be the starting point for diseases. Scientists have identified 11,000 genes that occur…
How the lepidoptera got its spots

June 16, 2016

By tweaking just one or two genes, Cornell researchers have altered the patterns on a butterfly’s wings. It’s…
Natural selection sculpts genetic information to limit diversity

May 17, 2016

A study of tropical butterflies has added to growing evidence that natural selection reduces species’ diversity by moulding…
Gene behind ‘evolution in action’ in Darwin’s finches identified

April 25, 2016

Scientists from Princeton University and Uppsala University in Sweden have identified a specific gene that within a year…
Gene discovery suggests surprising evolutionary pattern

February 11, 2016

Cornell researchers have discovered a gene in Drosophila (fruit flies) that predicts whether an individual fly will be susceptible…
Laws of nature predict cancer evolution

January 20, 2016

The research raises the possibility that doctors could take clinical decisions on how an individual patient’s cancer will…
Some Prairie Vole Brains Are Better Wired for Sexual Fidelity

December 21, 2015

Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin have found that natural selection drives some male prairie voles…
Is evolution more intelligent than we thought?

December 20, 2015

Evolution may be more intelligent than we thought, according to a University of Southampton professor. Professor Richard Watson…
Scientists can now see natural selection work in ancient human DNA in real time

November 30, 2015

We may be underestimating the effect our lifestyle has on our evolutional traits. International research involving the University…
8,000 years of adaptation in Europe leave a mark on our genes

November 24, 2015

The invention of agriculture ranks as a revolution in human history. Arable and livestock farming spread across central…
It’s not cheating unless a species gets hurt

September 22, 2015

A review of dozens of key ecological studies has found very little evidence to support one of the…
Natural selection can impede formation of new species

August 8, 2015

An intriguing study involving walking stick insects led by the University of Sheffield in England and the University…
Evolution continues despite low mortality and fertility rates in the modern world

February 6, 2015

Charles Darwin’s theory on evolution still holds true despite lower mortality and fertility rates in the modern world,…
New study provides evidence of group selection theory

November 10, 2014

A new study conducted by American biologists provides theory group selection with compelling empirical support. Idea that evolution…
Social learning: birds do it, bees do it, and apparently, lizards do it too

July 10, 2014

Young solitary lizards watch and learn from their elders. Researchers have found that the Eastern Water Skink, despite…
Healthy people carry disease-causing mitochondrial DNA mutations

July 8, 2014

For the first time, researchers have discovered that disease-causing mutations in mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) are common in healthy…
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