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Researchers Find Red Pigment In Ancient Fossil For The First Time

Using X-rays, researchers found that a now-extinct mouse that lived 3 million years ago had red fur and a white belly. The color of the animal could reveal clues about its evolutionary history.

Ancient May 22, 2019

Chimps Raised In Captivity Spontaneously Learn How To Use Tools

Chimpanzees at the Kristiansand Zoo in Norway learned to use tree sticks and barks to dig for underground fruits. In a study, researchers observed the behaviors that the group of chimpanzees developed as they start using tools to harvest food.

Animals May 14, 2019

Flightless Bird Comes Back From The Dead 10,000 Years After Its Extinction

How does one beat extinction? These flightless species of rails know how. Here's how these birds evolved twice 10,000 years apart to 'come back from the dead' in the same coral atoll.

Animals May 10, 2019

LOOK: Bizarre Three-Eyed Snake That Surprised Rangers In Australia

Meet Monty Python, the three-eyed snake that was picked up by rangers in Humpty Doo, Australia. Scientists said the extra eye is a natural mutation that is rare in the wild.

Animals May 3, 2019

Ancient Coelacanth Fish Study Reveals Insights On Skull Evolution

A new study has revealed marvelous insights on the skull of the ancient coelacanth fish, which is known as the 'oldest living fossil.' The findings offer a deeper understanding on skull evolution of vertebrates and other animals.

Ancient April 19, 2019

Human Face Evolved Because Of Diet, Social Structure

Scientists found that changes to diet and social structure over time influenced how the human face evolved. The past contributed a lot to how humans look like in modern times.

Ancient April 16, 2019

New Avian Study Could Rewrite What We Know About Bird Evolution

New research argued that ancestry and behavior, not diet, are the primary drivers of the evolutionary changes in avian skulls. In the biggest study of its kind, researchers analyzed a total of 352 bird skulls.

Animals February 20, 2019

Scientists Discover Extinct Giant Herbivore Species Related To Mammals

Scientists were astounded to discover a giant herbivore, which lived in the Triassic period, is a relative of mammals. The creature called Lisowicia bojani lived together with long-necked dinosaurs at the time.

Animals November 26, 2018

Study Sheds Light On How Plants Evolved To Take Advantage Of Ants

Some plants have specific structures that serve as habitat for ants. A new study revealed that, in turn, plants have evolved to use ants to spread seeds and attack predators.

Animals November 13, 2018

Waves In Shallow Waters Helped Vertebrate Animals Evolve, Says Study

A new research proposed that shallow, near-shore waters helped vertebrates diversify hundreds of millions of years ago. The environment also explained why there is a gap in the fossil record.

Animals October 26, 2018

Ant Colony Behavior Shows Significant Evolutionary Advantages, According To New Findings

A study on ant colonies uncovered new details on how social behavior has evolved. A team of researchers looked at clonal raider ants to map out how the division of labor emerges within queenless colonies.

Animals August 24, 2018

Survival Of The Laziest: New Findings Suggest Evolution Favors 'Lazy' Species

Researchers believed that laziness was the winning strategy of the mollusks that had survived extinction in the past 5 million years. Can inactivity also be used as an evolutionary tactic for humans?

Earth/Environment August 22, 2018

Humans Did Not Evolve From A Single Population In Africa, New Study Claims

A new study suggests that human ancestors were from more than one region in Africa. A team of researchers suggests that homo sapiens were not from just one single population but various others.

Public Health July 11, 2018

Human Genome Contains Genes Common To Hundreds Of Species

Researchers discovered that the human genome shares genes with at least 750 other species. This sharing of genes across species is actually common and has helped fuel evolution.

Animals July 10, 2018

Here’s Why Parrots Are Intelligent According To Neuroscientists

Neuroscientists found that a region of parrot brains functions similarly with a specific part of human brains. They called this convergent evolution and suspected that this might be the reason why parrots are more intelligent than other bird species.

Animals July 4, 2018

Modern Apes Posses Human Muscles Supposedly Unique To People After Evolution

Rui Diogo, an associate professor in the Department of Anatomy at Howard University in Washington, dissected bonobos and found at least seven muscles that should supposedly be found only in humans. His finding could challenge humans’ theoretically unique evolutionary traits.

Animals May 25, 2018

Scientists Still Aren't Sure Why Lizards Developed Toxic Green Blood That Evolved 4 Times

A new study finds that green blood may have evolved independently in several lizards. Scientists are still not sure of the benefits of having green toxic blood.

Animals May 17, 2018

Small Island In The Philippines Has 4 New Species Of Worm-Eating Mice

Scientists have found that a small island in the Philippines was able to host four different species of mice that developed over time. It is the smallest space ever documented to have evolved new mammals.

Animals May 16, 2018

Scientists Studying The Poop Of 87 Gorillas Provide Insight Into The Diets Of Humans

Scientists conducted a research on the fecal matter of 87 gorillas from the Republic of Congo over three years. They discovered that the gastrointestinal microbes change based on the seasonal diets.

Animals May 5, 2018

Bajau Sea Nomads Evolved Bigger Spleen To Dive Deeper, Longer: Other Proof That Humans Are Evolving

The diving ability of the Bajaus is a genetic adaptation, having larger spleens allows them to hold their breath longer underwater. Here are other groups of people who evolved to adapt to their surroundings and lifestyle.

Feature | Health April 20, 2018

Genetics Study Indicates Sweet Potato Arrived In Polynesia Long Before American Colonization

DNA analysis of sweet potatoes in Polynesia revealed that the crop has been growing in the region long before the American colonization. The study also provides insight on how hybridization could be the answer to food security.

Earth/Environment April 13, 2018

Hunters Are Forcing Female Bears To Spend More Time With Their Cubs

Hunters have caused Scandinavian brown bears to change their behaviors when it comes to raising their cubs. Cubs are now spending longer times with their mothers, and man has had an impact on the evolution of the bears.

Animals March 27, 2018

Macaque Monkeys Have Learned To Use Tools To Feed Themselves

Researchers have reported to seeing wild macaque monkeys adapting to learn to use tools. They've been observed using tools to open nuts and shuck oysters.

Animals March 21, 2018

These Spiders Evolved In Similar Ways Even If They Were Far Apart And Had Different Genes

In different islands all over Hawaii, there are spiders that have evolved independently into similar colors despite not being closely related. A new study explains why this is.

Animals March 9, 2018

2 Raven Species Merge Through Evolutionary Process 'Speciation Reversal'

Two different lineages of common ravens that have separated and evolved from each other millions of years ago merged again as one. This evolutionary process is known as speciation reversal or lineage fusion.

Animals March 7, 2018

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

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