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
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
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 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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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