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Apr. 19, 2016 — Latest analysis shows that human limbs share a genetic programme with the gills of cartilaginous fishes such as sharks and skates, providing evidence to support a century-old theory on the origin of ... read more

Apr. 18, 2016 — New research suggests that humans became the large-brained, large-bodied animals we are today because of natural selection to increase brain size. The work contradicts previous models that treat ... read more

Visualizing, Predicting Evolution by Mapping the Elusive 'Fitness Landscape'

Apr. 14, 2016 — Suppose you were trying to design a vaccine to combat next season's influenza virus. Having a detailed map that tells you exactly how various strains of the flu bug will evolve would be ... read more

Apr. 13, 2016 — Physicists report that temperature gradients within pores in rock could have separated primitive biopolymers on the basis of their sequences -- a vital precondition for the formation of ... read more

Diet Affects the Evolution of Birds

Apr. 13, 2016 — How diet has affected the evolution of the 10,000 bird species in the world is still a mystery to evolutionary biology. A new study shows how diet preferences have influenced bird diversification ... read more

Apr. 12, 2016 — In groundbreaking new work, biologists have discovered a predictable trend in the evolution of bird ... read more

Apr. 11, 2016 — Scientists have dramatically expanded the tree of life, which depicts the variety and evolution of life on Earth, to account for thousands of new microscopic life forms discovered over the past 15 ... read more

Apr. 11, 2016 — A review of latest genetic evidence suggests infectious diseases are tens of thousands of years older than previously thought, and that they could jump between species of 'hominin.' ... read more

Apr. 7, 2016 — Researchers have for the first time shown that ribose, a sugar that is one of the building blocks of genetic material in living organisms, may have formed in cometary ices. They propose the first ... read more

Primate Evolution in the Fast Lane

Apr. 7, 2016 — The pace of evolution is typically measured in millions of years, as random, individual mutations accumulate over generations, but researchers have uncovered a new mechanism for mutation in primates ... read more

Apr. 7, 2016 — The Neanderthal counterpart of the human Y chromosome, or male sex chromosome, appears to have died out. Why this happened is up for ... read more

Apr. 5, 2016 — Scientists examined the rich evolutionary history of pasta wheat by measuring the changes in metabolic content from three different populations and exploiting innovative population genomics methods. ... read more

Apr. 5, 2016 — A new article addresses the controversial role of gene interactions (or epistasis), where the effect of one gene is affected by the presence of other genes, in the response to selection for two ... read more

Apr. 4, 2016 — Fruit flies in one lab happily eat a noni fruit that is normally toxic to fly species. Researchers there are probing the genetic basis for this ability, which may explain how insects adapt to new ... read more

Mar. 31, 2016 — Researchers have discovered the fossil of a 305-million-year-old arachnid, which will help scientists to understand more about the early origins of modern-day ... read more

Mar. 30, 2016 — Scientists have developed computer models of the bodies of sauropod dinosaurs to examine the evolution of their body ... read more

Mar. 29, 2016 — A new study finds that the Ice-Age diet -- a high-protein intake of large animals -- triggered physical changes in Neanderthals, namely a larger ribcage and a wider ... read more

Mar. 29, 2016 — Using advanced sequencing technologies, anthropologists demonstrate that human DNA can be significantly enriched from dental calculus (calcified dental plaque) enabling the reconstruction of whole ... read more

Mar. 28, 2016 — A new analysis of the prehistoric origin of malaria suggests that it evolved in insects at least 100 million years ago, and the first vertebrate hosts of this disease were probably reptiles, which at ... read more

Human Ancestors Explored 'out of Africa' Despite Impaired Nasal Faculties

Mar. 24, 2016 — In humans inhaled air is conditioned poorly in the nasal cavity in comparison with primates, such as chimpanzees and macaques, according a recent study. Unlike our protruding external nose, which has ... read more

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