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April 28, 2015

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April 28, 2015

Apr. 27, 2015 — Although closely related to the notorious carnivore Tyrannosaurus rex, a new lineage of dinosaur discovered in Chile is proving to be an evolutionary jigsaw puzzle, as it preferred to graze upon ... read more

Apr. 23, 2015 — An international team of researchers has sequenced the nearly complete genome of two Siberian woolly mammoths -- revealing the most complete picture to date -- including new information about the ... read more

Apr. 22, 2015 — The size of the neonatal skull is large relative to the dimensions of the birth canal in the female pelvis. This is the reason why childbirth is slower and more difficult in humans than in most other ... read more

Eardrum Evolved Independently in Mammals and Reptiles/birds

Apr. 22, 2015 — Researchers have used evo-devo methods to determine that the eardrum evolved independently in mammals and ... read more

Apr. 22, 2015 — Biologists who study animal behavior suggest that evolution is hard at work when it comes to the acrobatic courtship dances of a tropical bird ... read more

Apr. 21, 2015 — Sweet potatoes from all over the world naturally contain genes from the bacterium Agrobacterium, researchers report. Sweet potato is one of the most important food crops for human consumption in the ... read more

Uranium Isotopes Carry the Fingerprint of Ancient Bacterial Activity

Apr. 20, 2015 — The oceans contain billions of tons of dissolved uranium. Over the planet's history, some of this uranium was transformed into an insoluble form, causing it to precipitate and accumulate in ... read more

Darwin, Wallace, and the Overlooked Third Man

Apr. 20, 2015 — The horticulturist who came up with the concept of 'evolution by natural selection' 27 years before Charles Darwin did should be more widely acknowledged for his contribution, states a new ... read more

Apr. 17, 2015 — It seems unnatural that a species could survive without having sex. Yet over the ages, evolution has endowed females of certain species of amphibians, reptiles and fish with the ability to clone ... read more

Apr. 16, 2015 — Scientists synthesized decades of scientific discoveries to illuminate the common and unique patterns driving the extraordinary transitions that whales, dolphins, seals and other species underwent as ... read more

Apr. 16, 2015 — The body plan of octopuses is nothing if not unique, with a sophisticated brain in a soft, bilaterally symmetrical body, encircled by eight radially symmetrical and incredibly flexible arms. Now, ... read more

Studying How Climate Affects Biodiversity

Apr. 16, 2015 — A key question in the climate debate is how the occurrence and distribution of species is affected by climate change. But without information about natural variation in species abundance it is hard ... read more

Apr. 15, 2015 — Scientists have demonstrated in field experiments that it is sufficient to alter the expression of certain defense genes in individual plants to protect the whole population and to alter the ... read more

Apr. 15, 2015 — New research is providing the most comprehensive picture of the evolutionary history of baleen whales, which are not only the largest animals ever to live on earth, but also among the most ... read more

Apr. 14, 2015 — A species of bone-eating worm that was believed to have evolved in conjunction with whales has been dated back to prehistoric times when it fed on the carcasses of giant marine ... read more

3-D Printing Blossoms Into Powerful New Tool for Ecologists

Apr. 14, 2015 — 3-D printing has been used to make everything from cars to medical implants. Now, ecologists are using the technology to make artificial flowers, which they say could revolutionize our understanding ... read more

Evolutionary History of Citrus Revealed by Most Comprehensive Study to Date

Apr. 14, 2015 — Citrus fruits -- delectable oranges, lemons, limes, kumquats and grapefruits -- are among the most important commercially cultivated fruit trees in the world, yet little is known of the origin of the ... read more

Apr. 14, 2015 — A group of plant invasion ecologists have highlighted the need to disentangle the composition of the highly variable Lantana species complex in order to facilitate management efforts towards this ... read more

Toward a Gene Expression Atlas for an Entire Brain

Apr. 14, 2015 — Researchers who study how genes are expressed across a given tissue can now examine thousands of genes at once at cellular resolution, thanks to new methods. The new techniques can be applied to a ... read more

Apr. 10, 2015 — Researchers have developed a new technology that enables rapid discovery of aptamers, one of the fastest growing classes of diagnostic and therapeutic agents. Aptamers are short sequences of genetic ... read more

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