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February 24, 2017

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February 24, 2017

Feb. 8, 2017 — An investigation into the evolution of human walking by looking at how chimpanzees walk on two legs is the subject of a new research ... read more

Genomes in Flux: New Study Reveals Hidden Dynamics of Bird and Mammal DNA Evolution

Feb. 6, 2017 — Evolution is often thought of as a gradual remodeling of the genome, the genetic blueprints for building an organism. But in some instance it might be more appropriate to call it an overhaul. Over ... read more

Feb. 6, 2017 — A 480-million-year-old slug-like fossil has been uncovered in Morocco, shedding new light on the evolution of molluscs -- a diverse group of invertebrates that includes clams, snails and ... read more

Study Finds Mutual Reinforcement of Phenotypic Diversity and Cooperation

Feb. 3, 2017 — A new model exploring how evolutionary dynamics work in natural selection has found that phenotypic diversity, or an organism's observable traits, co-evolves with contingent cooperation when ... read more

Feb. 2, 2017 — A low level of atmospheric oxygen in Earth's middle ages held back evolution for 2 billion years, raising fresh questions about the origins of life on this planet. New research explains how ... read more

Feb. 2, 2017 — Data shows new information about the evolution of bird beaks, report scientists. In their study, 3D scans were logged online by members of the public across the ... read more

Jan. 31, 2017 — A Japanese research team has discovered an evolutionary model for the biological function that creates carbon dioxide from glucose in photosynthesis. They found the mechanism in a primitive, ... read more

Jan. 30, 2017 — A new species of fossil has been discovered that will shed light on early animal ecosystems. Investigators discovered the new species while conducting a survey of microfossils in mudstones from ... read more

Jan. 30, 2017 — Researchers have identified traces of what they believe is the earliest known prehistoric ancestor of humans -- a microscopic, bag-like sea creature, which lived about 540 million years ... read more

Jan. 26, 2017 — Scientists have used new genetic sequencing data to understand how an ancient organism that lived alongside the dinosaurs has evolved over millions of years. The effort has uncovered for the first ... read more

Jan. 25, 2017 — Researchers have succeeded in documenting an extremely rare case of evolutionary adaptation "in action" among wild snow voles. The selective pressure triggered by several consecutive ... read more

Apple Maggot Fly: How an Altered Sense of Smell Could Drive the Formation of New Species

Jan. 25, 2017 — Scientists have gained insights into how evolution can be affected by a change in how an organism senses smells. Using apple flies as models, these scientists have shown that a switch in the wiring ... read more

Jan. 24, 2017 — The distribution of house shrews in the coastal areas from Asia to East Africa suggests a wider trade network in the middle-modern ... read more

Jan. 23, 2017 — A large extinct otter, Siamogale melilutra, has been found in the Miocene Shuitangba site in northeastern Yunnan Province in China. The new prehistoric otter was the size of a modern wolf and is one ... read more

Jan. 13, 2017 — A new study helps explain why different groups of animals differ dramatically in their number of species, and how this is related to differences in their body forms and ways of ... read more

Jan. 13, 2017 — Scientists have created the first genetically modified animals containing reconstructed ancient genes, which they used to test the evolutionary effects of genetic changes that happened in the deep ... read more

Jan. 12, 2017 — Over millions of years retroviruses have been incorporated into our human DNA, where they today make up almost 10 per cent of the total genome. A research group has now discovered a mechanism through ... read more

Jan. 11, 2017 — One branch on the tree of life is heavier as a team of scientists has determined what a bizarre group of extinct cone-shaped animals actually are. Known as hyoliths, these marine creatures evolved ... read more

Jan. 11, 2017 — A newly discovered group of microbes provide new insights as to how complex cellular life emerged. The study provides new details of how, billions of years ago, complex cell types that comprise ... read more

Jan. 10, 2017 — New insight has been gained into the everyday hazards of life in the late Byzantine Empire, sometime around the early 13th century, as well as the evolution of Staphylococcus saprophyticus, a common ... read more

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