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Ancient Giant Penguin Unearthed in New Zealand
SCI-NEWS.COM The fossilized leg bones of a giant penguin that lived 61 million years ago have been discovered in New Zealand. The fossil... 18 hours
Early baleen whales contended for title of ocean's Barry White
PHYS.ORG Until now, it has been a bit of a mystery about the evolution of hearing capabilities in those graceful ocean behemoths, the baleen whales. 22 hours
Study of transnational flows of rhino horn
PHYS.ORG Kruger National Park and other public and private game reserves have become battlefields where state security forces and game wardens fight for the rhinos' survival. Despite their efforts, conservative estimates give rhinos another seven... 24 hours
Paleontologist suggests path to flight for dinosaurs not as straight as thought
PHYS.ORG (Phys.org)—Stephen Brusatte, a fellow in Vertebrate Paleontology at the University of Edinburgh in the U.K. has published a Perspective piece in the journal Science... 24 hours
New gene for atrazine resistance identified in waterhemp
PHYS.ORG Waterhemp has been locked in an arms race with farmers for decades. Nearly every time farmers attack the weed with a new herbicide, waterhemp becomes resistant to it, reducing or eliminating the... 2 days
Ancient trilobites may have released sperm and eggs from their heads
Science Magazine Discovery offers new clues to how the extinct arthropods reproduced 2 days
New link found between sex and viruses
SCIENCE DAILY Sexual reproduction and viral infections both rely on a functionally identical protein, according to new research. The protein enables the fusion of two cells, such as a sperm cell and egg cell, or the... 2 days
Podcast: Cracking the smell code, why dinosaurs had wings before they could fly, and detecting guilty feelings in altruistic gestures
Science Magazine This week, we chat about why people are... 2 days
[Technical Comment] Comment on “Ducklings imprint on the relational concept of ‘same or different'”
Science Magazine Martinho and Kacelnik’s (Reports, 15 July 2016, p. 286) finding that mallard ducklings can deal with abstract concepts is important... 2 days
[Perspective] A Mesozoic aviary
Science Magazine The evolution of birds from a group of small dinosaurs between 170 million and 150 million years ago has emerged as a textbook example of a major evolutionary transformation in the fossil record (1). The attainment of powered flight—that is,... 2 days
[This Week in Science] How dinosaurs took to the air
Science Magazine Author: Julia Fahrenkamp-Uppenbrink 2 days
[Evolution] How animals sense CO2 in blood
Science Magazine High carbon dioxide levels in blood can be lethal to animals, so it is crucial that the body regulates the regular excretion of CO2. De Wild et al. hypothesized – [Read More] 2 days
[Electrochemistry] CO2 reduction off base
Science Magazine The electrochemical reduction of CO2 can yield a range of products, including aldehydes, acids, and alcohols, as well as hydrogen formed by the competing hydrogen evolution – [Read More] 2 days
[Paleontology] How dinosaurs took to the air
Science Magazine Birds use their wings for powered flight, but, as Brusatte explains in a Perspective, this does not mean that wings evolved for this purpose. Early winged dinosaurs were not capable – [Read More] 2 days
Warming temperatures could trigger starvation, extinctions in deep oceans
SCIENCE DAILY Researchers from 20 of the world's leading oceanographic research centers today warned that the world's largest habitat -- the deep ocean floor -- may face starvation and sweeping ecological change... 2 days
Meet Websteroprion armstrongi, Ancient Monster Worm with Terrifying Snapping Jaws
SCI-NEWS.COM A prehistoric monster worm that terrorized the Devonian seas some 400 million years ago has been... 2 days
New link found between sex and viruses
PHYS.ORG Sexual reproduction and viral infections actually have a lot in common. According to new research, both processes rely on a single protein that enables the seamless fusion of two cells, such as a sperm... 2 days
The oldest fossilized giant penguin
SCIENCE DAILY A recently discovered fossil of a giant penguin with a body length of around 150 centimeters has been described in a new article. The new find dates back to the Paleocene era and, with an age of approximately... 2 days
The oldest fossil giant penguin
SCIENCE DAILY A recently discovered fossil of a giant penguin with a body length of around 150 centimeters has been described in a new article. The new find dates back to the Paleocene era and, with an age of approximately... 2 days
Warming temperatures could trigger starvation, extinctions in deep oceans
PHYS.ORG Researchers from 20 of the world's leading oceanographic research centers today warned that the world's largest habitat - the deep ocean floor - may face starvation and sweeping ecological change... 2 days
Dating the undatables
PHYS.ORG Asian Horned frogs account for approximately half of the ancient family of frogs called Megophryidae. This group was previously estimated to have originated 100-126 million years ago (mya). Frogs of this family hopped alongside the famed Velociraptors and other dinosaurs... 2 days
Tiny cavefish may help humans evolve to require very little sleep
PHYS.ORG We all do it; we all need it—humans and animals alike. Sleep is an essential behavior shared by nearly all animals and disruption of this process... 2 days
Oldest penguin fossil shows that penguins diversified earlier than previously assumed
PHYS.ORG Together with colleagues from New Zealand, Senckenberg scientist Dr. Gerald Mayr described a recently discovered fossil of a giant penguin with a body length of around... 2 days
Study: Viruses support photosynthesis in bacteria – an evolutionary advantage?
PHYS.ORG Viruses propagate by infecting a host cell and reproducing inside. This not only affects humans and animals, but bacteria as well. This type of virus is called bacteriophages.... 2 days
Evolutionary population history of early Paleoamerican cranial morphology
Science Magazine The nature and timing of the peopling of the Americas is a subject of intense debate. In particular, it is unclear whether high levels of between-group craniometric diversity in South America result... 2 days
Fragmentation of wall rock garnets during deep crustal earthquakes
Science Magazine Fractures and faults riddle the Earth’s crust on all scales, and the deformation associated with them is presumed to have had significant effects on its petrological and structural evolution. However,... 2 days
Fingerprint-like pattern that evolves during development provides clues to mental health problems
NEWS MEDICAL Like a fingerprint, the connections of the human brain render us distinct from one another. In a study just published in Nature Neuroscience, researchers from the... 3 days
Fossil Study Rewrites Dinomyidae Family Tree
SCI-NEWS.COM Adult and juvenile fossil specimens of Isostylomys laurdillardi, a giant rodent that lived in South America between 9 and 6.8 million years ago (Miocene... 3 days
Fingerprinting young brains: New leads for mental disorders
SCIENCE DAILY Like a fingerprint, the connections of the human brain render us distinct from one another. In a study just published in Nature Neuroscience, researchers from the University of Oslo revealed that such... 3 days
Scientists explore the evolution of a 'social supergene' in the red fire ant
SCIENCE DAILY The chromosome responsible for the social organization of colonies of the highly invasive fire ant is likely to have evolved via a... 3 days
Ants stomp, termites tiptoe: Predator detection by a cryptic prey
SCIENCE DAILY Secretive and destructive, termites live in close proximity to predatory ants yet still outsmart them. New research shows why -- termites have evolved the capability to sense vibrations... 3 days
Animals know when they are being treated unfairly (and they don't like it)
PHYS.ORG Humans beings appear to be hardwired to have a sense of fairness. This is puzzling from an evolutionary perspective, which you would... 3 days
Rare fossils of giant rodents raise questions
SCIENCE DAILY Adult and juvenile remains of a giant rodent species (Isostylomys laurdillardi) have been uncovered by researchers, in the Río de la Plata coastal region of southern Uruguay, raising questions about classification within dinomids. 3 days
Using waste biomass for the sustainable production of industrial chemicals
PHYS.ORG Each year more than half a billion tons of oil—more than an eighth of the total global oil consumption—are used to produce chemicals and plastics. The demand for... 3 days
Laws crucial to preserve biodiversity threatened
PHYS.ORG The mounting threats posed to the global environment by harmful human activities cannot be averted without effective legislation controlling those activities. However, the environmental laws designed for this purpose are themselves under global attack, warns an... 3 days
Giving weight to Darwin's theory of 'living fossils'
SCIENCE DAILY Scientists studying the 'living fossil' Sphenodon -- or tuatara -- have identified a new way to measure the evolutionary rate of these enigmatic creatures, giving credence to Darwin's theory of 'living fossils.' 3 days
Rare fossil discovery raises questions
PHYS.ORG Adult and juvenile remains of a giant rodent species (Isostylomys laurdillardi) have been uncovered by researchers, in the Río de la Plata coastal region of southern Uruguay, raising questions about classification within dinomids. 3 days
New study gives weight to Darwin's theory of 'living fossils'
PHYS.ORG A team of researchers from the University of Bristol studying the 'living fossil' Sphenodon - or tuatara - have identified a new way to measure the evolutionary rate... 3 days
Extinct Giant Rodents' Family Tree Rewritten by New Fossil Finds
LIVE SCIENCE Scientists have found a near-complete skull and a jaw from a pair of giant rodents belonging to a group that lived millions of years ago in South America. 3 days
'Alarming' superbugs a risk to people, animals and food, EU warns
REUTERS LONDON (Reuters) - Superbug bacteria found in people, animals and food across the European... 3 days
Research on repair of broken hearts hints at possibility of new designer cardiovascular therapies
NEWS MEDICAL Unlike the self-repair abilities of our skin, bone and other tissues, which can readily heal and rebuild themselves after injury,... 3 days
South Dakota bill leaves evolution skepticism up to teachers
PHYS.ORG South Dakota legislators are weighing whether to let teachers decide how much skepticism to work into lessons on contentious scientific topics such as evolution and climate change. 4 days
US grid can handle more offshore wind power, cutting pollution and power costs
SCIENCE DAILY Injecting large amounts of offshore wind power into the US electrical grid is manageable, will cut electricity costs, and will reduce pollution... 4 days
Knee-jerk disgust is holding humans back
SCIENCE DAILY Disgust is an emotion that's been co-opted to discriminate against people and things which pose no danger, holding humans back in social and evolutionary terms, suggests a new study. 4 days
Microbe, virus co-evolution: Model of CRISPR, phage co-evolution explains confusing experimental results
SCIENCE DAILY A new study suggests that researchers planning to use the CRISPR genome-editing system to produce designer gut bacteria may need to account for the... 4 days
Model of CRISPR, phage co-evolution explains confusing experimental results
PHYS.ORG A Rice University study suggests that researchers planning to use the CRISPR genome-editing system to produce designer gut bacteria may need to account for the dynamic evolution of the microbial... 4 days
Mapping the family tree of stars
SCIENCE DAILY Astronomers are borrowing principles applied in biology and archaeology to build a family tree of the stars in the galaxy. By studying chemical signatures found in the stars, they are piecing together these evolutionary trees looking... 4 days
Scientists identify novel mutations in bacteria that promote evolution of antibiotic resistance
NEWS MEDICAL Scientists from the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard in Cambridge, Massachusetts, have identified novel mutations in bacteria that promote the evolution of high-level... 4 days
Genetic mutations that drive antibiotic resistance in bacteria
SCIENCE DAILY Scientists have identified novel mutations in bacteria that promote the evolution of high-level antibiotic resistance. 4 days
400 million year old gigantic extinct monster worm discovered in Canadian museum
SCIENCE DAILY A previously undiscovered species of an extinct primordial giant worm with terrifying snapping jaws has been identified by an international team of scientists. 4 days
Astronomers Reconstruct History of Solar Neighborhood with Evolutionary Tree
SCI-NEWS.COM A University of Cambridge-led team of astronomers, using chemical elements as a proxy for stellar DNA, has assembled... 4 days
Water 'Walls' Spur Evolution of New Colorful Fish Species
LIVE SCIENCE Intense rapids turn the lower Congo River into a biodiversity breeding ground. 4 days
Scientists find genetic mutations that drive antibiotic resistance
PHYS.ORG Scientists from the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard in Cambridge, Massachusetts, have identified novel mutations in bacteria that promote the evolution of high-level antibiotic resistance. 4 days
Data from Mars probe suggests possibility of proto-ring development
PHYS.ORG (Phys.org)—A pair of researchers with the Physical Research Laboratory in India studying data sent back from NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) probe has found possible evidence of the... 4 days
400 million year old gigantic extinct monster worm discovered in Canadian museum
PHYS.ORG A previously undiscovered species of an extinct primordial giant worm with terrifying snapping jaws has been identified by an international team of scientists. 4 days
Scientists explore the evolution of a 'social supergene' in the red fire ant
PHYS.ORG Scientists from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) have discovered that the chromosome responsible for the social organisation of colonies of the... 4 days
Mapping the family tree of stars
PHYS.ORG Astronomers are borrowing principles applied in biology and archaeology to build a family tree of the stars in the galaxy. By studying chemical signatures found in the stars, they are piecing together these evolutionary trees looking... 5 days
Sharpening our knowledge of prehistory on East Africa's bone harpoons
PHYS.ORG A project exploring the role of East Africa in the evolution of modern humans has amassed the largest and most diverse collection of prehistoric bone harpoons ever assembled... 5 days
More warm-dwelling animals and plants as a result of climate change
PHYS.ORG Since 1980, populations of warm-dwelling species in Germany have increased. The trend is particularly strong among warm-dwelling terrestrial species, as shown by the most comprehensive study... 5 days
hints from the fossil record on how to re oyster the chesapeake Hints from the fossil record on how to re-oyster the Chesapeake
PHYS.ORG VIDEO Rowan Lockwood is extracting pearls of data from long-dead oysters. 5 days
New gene drive technology could wipe out malaria, but is it safe?
Science Magazine A Q&A with evolutionary ecologist James Collins 6 days
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