Research finds that urbanization has forced some creatures to evolve rapidly and adapt to their new environment. The results of the study serve as a wake-up call for more responsible urban development.
Animals November 5, 2017
The said British national pastime of bird feeding may have caused British tits to rapidly develop longer beaks. The birds with the longer beaks evidently visit automated bird feeders more often that those with shorter beaks.
Animals October 19, 2017
The Chilesaurus dinosaur, dubbed the Frankenstein dinosaur, is considered the missing piece of the puzzle of dinosaur evolution. Learn how it establishes the link between plant-eating dinos and carnivorous ones.
Animals August 17, 2017
The environment on Mars may cause human colonists to go through evolutionary changes that can lead to the creation of new human species. How will the future generations of Mars colonists look like?
Space June 8, 2017
Most researchers believe that humanity's origins lie in Africa. However, a new study argues otherwise.
Ancient May 23, 2017
The human sense of smell has recently been shown to be better than previously thought. Looking back, how did our ancestors’ sense of smell evolve to the way it is today?
Ancient May 14, 2017
A better vision, not the development of limbs, was in fact what brought our ancient aquatic ancestors on land. Fossils showed a series of optical adaptations prompted the momentous transition, catalyzing evolutionary changes that made us who we are.
Ancient March 9, 2017
Fossils offer insights into the past. Human skulls believed to be 100,000 years old discovered in China are offering anything but a straightforward look at how evolution occurred in Eurasia.
Ancient March 3, 2017
Seaweeds may be no more than just marine plants to many people today, but they actually played a critical role in human evolution, researchers are saying.
Earth/Environment March 2, 2017
London's Science Museum exhibits 500 years’ worth of human ingenuity in the field of robotics. Learn about the evolution of robots, from simple mechanical contraptions to humanoid androids.
Robotics February 11, 2017
An ancient bag-like creature that lived during the Cambrian period could be the oldest relative of humans. Saccorhytus coronaries is the most primitive member of deuterostomes.
Animals January 31, 2017
Human activities and hectic urbanization are impacting the evolution of many species. A study by researchers from the University of Washington examined phenotype changes across several species and has called for conservation efforts to handle such changes.
Earth/Environment January 6, 2017
The atlantic killifish has evolved to be 8,000 times more resilient to toxic waste than other species of fish. High levels of genetic variation allow the fish to adapt to industrial pollutants that would normally kill them.
Animals December 10, 2016
A new study has said that abundant oxygen levels at the oceans facilitated the rise of complex organisms such as algae and other vertebrates. This came after a lull of 3 billion years of anoxic oceans.
Ancient September 26, 2016
Bacteria evolve, mutating to overcome challenges in their environment. For the first time, a large-scale look at how the process goes is provided by researchers, showing how antibiotic resistance develops.
Medicine September 9, 2016
A new study by scientists in Chicago has found evidence to support the deep evolutionary link between the fin rays of fish and the toes and fingers of animals. Researchers used a novel gene editing technique to arrive at their findings.
Animals August 20, 2016
Schizophrenia, characterized by a reduction in the volume of brain tissue, has long existed. According to researchers, however, the condition did not develop until humans diverged from Neanderthals.
Healthy Living/Wellness August 16, 2016
Contrary to popular belief, now isn't quite the right time for life to develop in the universe. In fact, the only evidence of life — us — may have developed prematurely.
Earth/Environment August 2, 2016
A recent study has shown revealed that orangutans can mimic human vocalizations — a development that provides evidence that great apes can control their voices to learn new sounds.
Animals July 27, 2016
Some of the bacteria in our intestines are already with us at least 15 million years ago, when humans were still pre-human apes. The research suggests gut bacteria is partly determined by evolution.
Feature | Science July 22, 2016
A new study found that evolution appears to follow the path of least resistance, which can lead to suboptimal physical traits that do not typically match functional needs.
Ancient July 4, 2016
A Caltech professor and chemical engineer has become the first woman to covet the $1.1 million Millennium Technology Prize in Finland. Her pioneering work on directed evolution could change the world.
Material Science May 25, 2016
Seaweed-like fossils found in China suggest that the evolution of complex life on Earth started earlier than previously thought. The discovery divides the scientific community about evolution.
Ancient May 19, 2016
Why the long neck? Because of unique evolutionary adaptations, giraffes have reached such great heights. Researchers determine the genes responsible for this development.
Animals May 18, 2016
Scientists found two extra teeth on a rare beaked whale that was washed up on a beach in South Australia. The discovery is believed to be an evolutionary throwback rather than a deformity.
Animals May 16, 2016
Swedish researchers found that same-sex sexual behavior among seed beetles is encouraged by genes that can benefit reproduction in the other sex. Find out how same-sex mating in beetles offers evolutionary gains.
Animals May 13, 2016
The ancient aquatic reptile species known as mosasaurs were warm-blooded creatures, not cold-blooded, a new report revealed. These creatures went extinct 66 million years ago.
Ancient May 10, 2016
Hundreds of millions of years ago, a massive extinction event wiped out 96 percent of species on Earth, and the 4 percent survived. The discovery of a marine reptile may offer insight about the survival of these remaining species.
Ancient May 7, 2016
Although primates evolved into humans, apes and monkeys in Africa, they first emerged in Asia. A new study suggests that had there been no global cooling, primates could have continued to evolve in Asia instead of Africa.
Ancient May 6, 2016
Global cooling tens of millions of years ago led to a radical change in populations of primates. These changes may have also altered the course of human evolution.
Animals May 6, 2016
Human beings have larger brains than other primates, and we also live longer and have more children. This may be due to our higher metabolisms, new research reveals.
Animals May 4, 2016
Bird beaks often evolve based on a species' diet. Birds of prey, though, are a different case: their beaks developed based on the shape of their skulls.
Animals May 3, 2016
A new study reveals fascinating information about the female pelvis: it actually widens during puberty and becomes narrow during menopause. But why is this so?
Public Health April 27, 2016
DNA testing revealed that there was plenty of interbreeding among mammoths, such as in the case of the Columbia and the woolly mammoth. This discovery lends an insight into mammoth evolution and their eventual extinction 10,000 years earlier.
Animals April 26, 2016
A 13-million-year-old Miocene crocodile fossil offered a look at how South American and Indian gavialoids - a group of mostly extinct crocodile species - evolved separately to have telescoped eyes.
Animals April 23, 2016
Scientists in Alberta have distinguished a new dinosaur species with muscles fit to lift feathers, solving a decades-long case of mistaken identity. The discovery can help experts further understand bird-like dinosaurs.
Animals April 15, 2016
Researchers found that a virus-fighting protein may have helped speed up evolution. Evolution has always been known as a gradual process but the findings of the new study suggest otherwise.
Animals April 9, 2016
Although most species were wiped out by an extreme extinction event millions of years ago, the therapsid Lystrosaurus survived. How did they do it? By changing their breeding behavior.
Animals April 7, 2016
The ritual of human sacrifice may have helped promote complex and highly-stratified societies, a new study revealed. What's more, the notion of a divine authority may have been exploited for this very purpose.
Society April 5, 2016
An exquisitely fossilized skin of a 10 million-year-old snake has helped scientists recreate the true colors of the ancient animal. The reconstruction revealed a wide range of hues, which is unusual for fossils.
Animals April 2, 2016
When did the spider begin to make silk and build a web? A fossil of what could be the earliest possible known spider might answer the question.
Animals March 31, 2016
Do you ever wonder how evolution affects the way our nose works? A Japanese research looked into that and revealed we don't do so well compared to our primate relatives.
LIFE March 26, 2016
Believe it or not, you possess body parts and mechanisms that are remnants of evolution. These parts are present in your body not because you need them, but because our animal ancestors did, experts said.
Animals March 22, 2016
A new study conducted by researchers at the University of Florida suggests that the newly discovered Tanana Arctic could be a rare example of a hybridized butterfly species. It is likely that the creature is the offspring of the White-veined Arctic and the Chryxus Arctic, which both lived in the Alaskan wilderness sometime in the past.
Earth/Environment March 21, 2016
A new genome study revealed that our modern human ancestors have interbred not only with Neanderthals, but also with another extinct line of humans called Denisovans. The DNA of both species still lives on up to the present time.
Animals March 18, 2016
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