Tag: Evolution

Hummingbird Strengths A Combination Of Skills And Inherent Traits: Study

Hummingbirds are undoubtedly talented creatures when it comes to flight. New research has found that hummingbirds maximize their strengths by combining their inherent traits and learned skills.

Animals February 9, 2018

Finches In Galapagos Island Evolved In Just Two Generations: Here Are Other Animals That Are Rapidly Evolving

The Big Birds became reproductively isolated from the native birds on Daphne Major, a tiny Galapagos island, in just two generations. Here are other species that are evolving fast.

Animals November 25, 2017

Dopamine Is The Reason Why Humans Are So Unique From Other Animals

For years, scientists have asked the same question over and over. What makes the human brain so different from other species on Earth? Well, perhaps it’s dopamine.

Neuroscience November 24, 2017

Animals Are Evolving Because Of Human Cities: Study

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

British Great Tits Are Evolving Longer Beaks Because Of Bird Feeders

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

‘Frankenstein Dinosaur’ Emerges As Missing Link In Dino Evolution

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

Mars Colony May Lead To Evolution Of New Human Species

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

A Controversial Study Suggests New Origin For Humanity

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 Is Better Than Previously Thought: How Did Our Sense Of Smell Evolve?

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

How Did Fish Evolve To Walk On Land? They Used Their Eyes First, Says Study

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

100,000-Year-Old Human Skulls Found In China Present Mosaic Of Features, Hint At Intermixing

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

Seaweed Nutrients May Have Had A Hand In Human Evolution, Says Study

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 Showcases Half A Century Of Robotics

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

Ancient Bag-Like Sea Creature Could Be Oldest Human Ancestor

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

Species Rapidly Evolving In Response To Human Urbanization: Study

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

Mutant Fish Evolved To Withstand Lethal Levels Of Toxic Waste In Polluted Waters

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

How Did Animals Evolve Millions Of Years Ago? They Have High Oxygen Levels To Thank For That

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

Watch: Bacteria Evolves To Develop Antibiotic Resistance

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

Fish Fingers: Scientists Find Evolutionary Link Between Fins And Hands

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 Did Not Exist Until Humans Diverged From Neanderthals

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

Life On Earth May Have Been Premature From A Cosmic Perspective, New Study Suggests

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

Orangutan's Vocal Controls Could Hold The Secret To The Origins Of Human Language

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

Bacteria In Our Gut Have Existed Even Before We Became Humans

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

Evolution Follows Least Resistant Path, Leads To Suboptimal Physical Traits

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

Caltech Bioengineer Becomes First Woman To Covet $1.1 Million Millennium Technology Prize

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 Divide Scientific Community About Evolution Of Complex Life On Earth

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

Genome Analysis Reveals How Giraffes Developed Exceptionally Long Necks

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

Beaked Whale Found Washed Up On Australian Beach Could Be Evolutionary Throwback

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

Why Some Animals Are Gay: Beetle Study Shows Reproductive Benefits Of Same-Sex Mating

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

New Evidence Reveals Ancient Marine Reptile Mosasaurs Were Warm-Blooded Creatures

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

What The Discovery Of Hammerhead Marine Reptile Suggests About Life After The Permian Mass Extinction

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

Had There Been No Global Cooling, Primate Evolution Could Have Continued In Asia: Study

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

Primates Stressed Out By Climate Change Altered Human History

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

Big Brains In Humans May Be Result Of High Metabolism

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

Shape Of Skulls, Beaks Of Birds Of Prey Not Dependent On Diet: Study

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

Female Pelvis Broadens During Puberty But Shrinks Over Time

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

Interspecies Breeding Influenced Evolution Of Mammoths, DNA Study Reveals

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

13-Million-Year-Old Crocodile Reveals Evolution Of Telescoping Eyes

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

Alberta Scientists Identify New Dinosaur Species With Muscles Fit To Lift Feathers

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

Virus-Fighting Protein In Primates May Have Sped Up Evolution

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

Lystrosaurus Changed Breeding Behavior To Survive Drastic Climate Change

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

Human Sacrifice May Have Helped Shape Complex Societies

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

Fossil Reveals True Color Of 10 Million-Year-Old Snake

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

Fossil From 305 Million Years Ago Gives Scientists A Glimpse Of The Earliest Possible Known Spider

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

Your Nose Is A Bad Air Conditioner And A New Study Tries To Answer Why Humans Have Protruding Noses

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

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