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Apr. 10, 2017 — The sensory system in fish fins evolves in parallel to fin shape and mechanics, and is specifically tuned to work with the fish's swimming behavior, according to new research. The researchers ... read more

Apr. 10, 2017 — One of the longest-running controversies in evolutionary biology has been, 'What was the oldest branch of the animal family tree?' Was it the sponges, as had long been thought, or was it ... read more

Archaeogenetic Findings Unlock Ancestral Origins of Sardinians

Apr. 6, 2017 — Some modern Sardinians could have evolved from people who colonized the island at an even earlier period, the ... read more

Apr. 4, 2017 — Skeletons and shells first came into being 550 million years ago as the chemical make-up of seawater changed, a study ... read more

Apr. 3, 2017 — A potent genetic element has been uncovered in Earth's smallest life forms. A multitude of previously unidentified microorganisms possess a genetic element that enables them to ... read more

Mar. 31, 2017 — A team of researchers has found a new species of tyrannosaur dinosaur -- the most popular of the prehistoric creatures. After the fossils were pulled out of the muddy banks of a Montana river, the ... read more

Independent Evolutionary Origins of Complex Sociality in Marine Life

Mar. 31, 2017 — In the world of evolutionary research, scientists studying the evolution of eusocial societies have traditionally relied on information gathered from studying terrestrial insects. A group of ... read more

Mar. 30, 2017 — Researchers reveal the family tree of the group of microorganisms responsible for 'inventing' the oxygen-producing photosynthesis that lets you breathe. They added the genomes of 41 ... read more

The Late Evolutionary Event That Gave Rise to Modern Life

Mar. 30, 2017 — The emergence of oxygen-producing bacteria more than two billion years ago gave rise to life as we know it today, and now a new study reveals that this happening might have occurred multiple ... read more

Mar. 22, 2017 — More than a century of theory about the evolutionary history of dinosaurs has been turned on its head following the publication of new research. The work suggests that the family groupings need to be ... read more

Mar. 22, 2017 — A new 430 million-year-old fossil has been discovered by scientists, and has been named in honor of Sir David Attenborough. The discovery is a unique example of its kind in the fossil record, say the ... read more

Evolutionary Biology Professor Explains How to 'Walk the Tree of Life'

Mar. 21, 2017 — A professor discusses why the evolutionary Tree of Life approach to biodiversity education is best, to what extent the traditional taxonomy is still used and how to teach TOL using an active learning ... read more

Mar. 20, 2017 — Vertebrates once might have relied on a different mechanism for developing neurons in the gut, suggests a new ... read more

Mar. 20, 2017 — Through genetic mutations microorganisms normally have the ability to develop new properties over a short time scale. Researchers now show that microbes in the deep seabed grow in slow motion with ... read more

Mar. 17, 2017 — The evolution of bipedalism in fossil humans can be detected using a key feature of the skull -- a claim that was previously contested but now has been further validated by ... read more

Mar. 16, 2017 — The end-Paleozoic witnessed the most devastating mass extinction in Earth's history so far, killing the majority of species and profoundly shaping the evolutionary history of the survivors. ... read more

Mar. 16, 2017 — DNA analysis led some biologists to conclude that evolutionary diversification in Hawaii has yet to peak, but a new analysis shows the opposite: biodiversity on the island chain peaked millions of ... read more

Mar. 16, 2017 — World-first research into the sole remaining living insects of an ancient super-family of crickets has revealed vibrating areas on seemingly unspecialized wings which create sound, representing a ... read more

Mar. 15, 2017 — Biotic crises during the Triassic period may have delayed marine recovery after a mass extinction during the late Permian, according to a new ... read more

New Study Identifies Ancient Shark Ancestors

Mar. 14, 2017 — New research based on x-ray imaging provides the strongest evidence to date that sharks arose from a group of bony fishes called acanthodians. Analyzing an extraordinarily well-preserved fossil of an ... read more

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