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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

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

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