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July 29, 2016

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July 29, 2016

Ocean Acidification: The Limits of Adaptation

July 20, 2016 — The most abundant single-celled calcifying alga of the world's oceans, Emiliania huxleyi is basically able to adapt to ocean acidification through evolution. However, the longest evolution ... read more

July 18, 2016 — New research challenges a long-held hypotheses about how flight first developed in ... read more

July 17, 2016 — Researchers are shedding light on how often and where species hybridize through time, thanks to the rediscovery of 40-year-old tissue samples preserved at the LSU Museum of Natural Science. In a ... read more

July 15, 2016 — Scientists have discovered the real reason turtles have shells. While many thought turtle shells were for protection, new findings show that the shells were actually for digging underground to escape ... read more

Ecologists Propose New Method to Probe Population Growth Questions

July 15, 2016 — To close the gap between contemporary reality and demographic theory, ecologists have developed a set of transient life table response experiments for decomposing realized population growth rates ... read more

July 14, 2016 — The discovery of a theropod dinosaur with Tyrannosaurus rex-like arms suggests that these unusual forelimbs may have evolved multiple ... read more

July 14, 2016 — Without simple repeating sequences of the DNA 'letters' GA on the X chromosome, distinct genders could never have evolved, at least in flies and mosquitoes, report ... read more

Extensive Variation Revealed in 1,001 Genomes and Epigenomes of Arabidopsis

July 14, 2016 — An international team of scientists has sequenced the whole genomes and epigenomes of more than 1,000 Arabidopsis thaliana plants, sampled from geographically diverse locations. The collection of ... read more

July 14, 2016 — A new study finds that access to some nutrients may be a star player in shaping traits related to fitness such as fecundity and eye size over the long term. Given drastic increases in the ... read more

July 14, 2016 — Plant-eating dinosaurs had several bursts of evolution, and these were all kicked off by innovations in their teeth and jaws, new research has ... read more

July 13, 2016 — The immune system affects -- and even controls -- social behavior, a new study has found. Researchers discovered that blocking a single type of immune molecule made mouse brains go hyperactive and ... read more

July 13, 2016 — The planktonic organism <em>Oikopleura dioica</em>, an animal model in the study of evolution and embryonic development in our phylum (chordates), has lost most of the genes related to ... read more

July 13, 2016 — New findings reveal the genetic basis of how cavefish have adapted to their extreme environment, information that might one day lead to new kinds of treatments for diabetes and other ... read more

Life at the Extremes

July 13, 2016 — In a new study, researchers from Italy examine the genes and proteins behind this organism's remarkable ability to cope with its extreme environment, which is not only unthinkably cold, but also ... read more

July 13, 2016 — The constant battle between pathogens and their hosts has long been recognized as a key driver of evolution, but until now scientists have not had the tools to look at these patterns globally across ... read more

In the Firefly's Flash, Seeking New Insights on Evolution

July 13, 2016 — From loud calls to flashing lights, animals use a wide array of signals to attract mates. Although these signals play a very important role in whether the organisms will mate and reproduce, ... read more

July 13, 2016 — A new study links feather-degrading bacteria to damaged plumage on wild birds for the first time, offering new insights into how birds' ecology and behavior might affect their exposure to these ... read more

July 12, 2016 — Researchers have recently discovered multiple assemblages of Homo erectus footprints in northern Kenya that provide unique opportunities to understand locomotor patterns and group structure through a ... read more

Invasive Success of the Mosquitofish Is Due to Its Genetic Variability

July 12, 2016 — The mosquitofish is one of the world's 100 most invasive species. To understand its expansion across Europe from Spain -- where it was introduced in the 1920s -- a group of researchers has ... read more

July 11, 2016 — If the origin of life is common on other worlds, the universe should be a cosmic zoo full of complex multicellular organisms. Scientists use the evolution of Earth life as a model to predict what ... read more

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