Evolution
Researchers refute widespread racist analogy comparing human races to dog breeds  PHYS.ORG · 1 hour
As a researcher and teacher, Holly Dunsworth enjoys poking holes in misconceptions about human evolution her students bring into the classroom. more
A new material for the battery of the future  PHYS.ORG · 3 hours
Renewable sources of energy such as wind or photovoltaic are intermittent; production peaks do not necessarily follow the demand peaks. Storing green energy is therefore essential to moving away from... more
Strategic partnership will help improve health outcomes for patients with autoimmune disease  NEWS MEDICAL · 7 hours
The American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association announced today a strategic alliance with iMD Health Global that will help evolve communications between physicians and patients... more
Community size matters when people create a new language  SCIENCE DAILY · 10 hours
Why do some languages have simpler grammars than others? Researchers propose that the size of the community influences the complexity of the language that evolves in it. When small and... more
Spawn of the triffid? Tiny organisms give us glimpse into complex evolutionary tale  SCIENCE DAILY · 16 hours
Two newly discovered organisms point to the existence of an ancient organism that resembled a tiny version of the lumbering, human-eating science... more
Plant viruses may be reshaping our world  SCIENCE DAILY · 17 hours
A new review article highlights the evolution and ecology of plant viruses. A team of biologists is now exploring many details of viral dynamics. They describe the subtle interplay between three components of the... more
Protein lysine de-2-hydroxyisobutyrylation by CobB in prokaryotes  Science Magazine · 19 hours
Lysine 2-hydroxyisobutyrylation (Khib) has recently been shown to be an evolutionarily conserved histone mark. Here, we report that CobB serves as a lysine de-2-hydroxyisobutyrylation enzyme that regulates glycolysis and cell growth in prokaryotes. We... more
Spawn of the triffid? Tiny organisms give us glimpse into complex evolutionary tale  PHYS.ORG · 21 hours
Two newly discovered organisms point to the existence of an ancient organism that resembled a tiny version of the lumbering, human-eating science... more
Australia must commit to net-zero emissions says climate scientist  PHYS.ORG · 22 hours
Murdoch University climate scientist Dr. Jatin Kala says coal needs to stay in the ground and fossil fuel emissions phased to net-zero starting now in order to limit global warming... more
Little genes, big conservation: Scientists study genetic rescue  SCIENCE DAILY · 23 hours
A new article examines the potential and uncertainties of attempting genetic rescue, a conservation approach that involves moving a small number of individual animals from one population to another to reduce genetic... more
Forest elephants are allies in the fight against climate change, finds research  PHYS.ORG · 23 hours
Forest elephant extinction would exacerbate climate change. That's according to a new study in Nature Geoscience which links feeding by elephants with an increase... more
310-million-year-old tree fossils to reveal new ancient animals  PHYS.ORG · 23 hours
Over 150 years ago, geologist Sir William Dawson made an astounding discovery in the Joggins Cliffs, along the shores of Nova Scotia's Bay of Fundy. Within the lithified remains of a giant... more
Australopithecus Mothers Breastfed Their Infants for Year after Birth  SCI-NEWS.COM · 23 hours
A high-resolution trace-element analysis of 2.6-2.1-million-year-old teeth from an extinct hominin called Australopithecus africanus has revealed that infants... more
Scientists describe an almost complete albatross skull from the pliocene epoch  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
Senckenberg ornithologist Gerald Mayr, in conjunction with his colleague Alan Tennyson of the Te Papa Museum in New Zealand, describe a previously unknown, extinct albatross species... more
Fundamental parameters, evolutionary status determined for three chemically peculiar stars  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
Astronomers have conducted spectroscopic observations of three magnetic chemically peculiar (CP) stars, HD 188041, HD 111133 and HD 204411. Results of these observations, presented in a paper published... more
Joshua Trees Will Be All-But-Extinct by 2070 Without Climate Action, Study Warns  LIVE SCIENCE · 1 day
More than 80% of California's iconic Joshua trees are likely to die at the hands of drought and fire over the next 50 years... more
Miniature gravitational-wave detector to be built at Northwestern  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
A team of physicists and astronomers from Northwestern University is poised to lead gravitational-wave astronomy into its next evolution. The W. M. Keck Foundation has awarded $1 million, which will be used... more
Salt regulation among saltmarsh sparrows evolved in 4 unique ways  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
In nature, as in life, there's often more than one way to solve a problem. That includes the evolutionary process. A new study in Evolution Letters finds that... more
Salt regulation among saltmarsh sparrows evolved in 4 unique ways  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
A new study finds that different bird species in the same challenging environment -- the highly saline ecosystem of tidal marshes along ocean shores -- were able to... more
Environment, not evolution, might underlie some human-ape differences  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
Apes' abilities have been unfairly measured, throwing into doubt the assumed belief that human infants are superior to adult chimpanzees, according to a new study by leaders in the field of ape... more
Joshua trees facing extinction  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
They outlived mammoths and saber-toothed tigers. But without dramatic action to reduce climate change, new research shows Joshua trees won't survive much past this century. more
Foot of Cretaceous Enantiornithine Bird Found Encased in Burmese Amber  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 days
The ancient bird, named Elektorornis chenguangi, lived 99 million years ago (Cretaceous period) and had a... more
Strange new species of duck-billed dinosaur identified  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
The most complete skull of a duck-billed dinosaur from Big Bend National Park, Texas, is revealed in a new article as a new genus and species, Aquilarhinus palimentus. This dinosaur has been named for... more
‘Shovel-Billed’ Dinosaur Roamed Texas 80 Million Years Ago  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 days
A new genus and species of primitive hadrosaurid dinosaur — named Aquilarhinus palimentus — has been identified from fossils found... more
Flies may also spread disease among monkeys and apes  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
People the world over have a good sense that flies are filthy and that we do not want them landing on our food during our summer picnics. Research has justified... more
Foot of Cretaceous Enantiornithe Bird Found Encased in Burmese Amber  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 days
The ancient bird, named Elektorornis chenguangi, lived 99 million years ago (Cretaceous period) and had a... more
Ancient DNA extracted from Neanderthal fossils of Gibraltar for the first time  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
A new collaborative study, led by the Natural History Museum and the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, has extracted ancient DNA from the... more
Joshua trees facing extinction  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
They outlived mammoths and saber-toothed tigers. But without dramatic action to reduce climate change, new research shows Joshua trees won't survive much past this century. more
New light on cichlid evolution in Africa  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
A collaborative research project carried out under the auspices of the GeoBio-Center at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet (LMU) in Munich has developed an integrative approach to the classification of fossil cichlids, and identified the oldest known member... more
Paleontology: New light on cichlid evolution in Africa  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 days
A collaborative research project has developed an integrative approach to the classification of fossil cichlids, and identified the oldest known member of the Tribe Oreochromini. more
Maternal secrets of our earliest ancestors unlocked  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 days
New research brings to light for the first time the evolution of maternal roles and parenting responsibilities in one of our oldest evolutionary ancestors. Australopithecus africanus mothers breastfed their infants for the first 12... more
Research reveals the parenting habits of our earliest extinct ancestors  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 days
Extended parental care is considered one of the hallmarks of human evolution. A stunning new research result published today in Nature reveals for the first time the parenting... more
Maternal secrets of our earliest ancestors unlocked  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Extended parental care is considered one of the hallmarks of human evolution. A stunning new research result published today in Nature reveals for the first time the parenting habits of one of our earliest... more
World's island conifers threatened with extinction from climate change  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
A new study finds that climate change will put many conifer species native to small islands around the world on the road to extinction by 2070, even after allowing for... more
Extinct human species likely breast fed for a year after birth, study suggests  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Infants of the extinct human species Australopithecus africanus likely breast fed for up to a year after birth, similar to modern humans... more
Environment, not evolution, might underlie some human-ape differences  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Apes' abilities have been unfairly measured, throwing into doubt the assumed belief that human infants are superior to adult chimpanzees, according to a new study by leaders in the field of ape... more
Scientists discover hundreds of protein-pairs through coevolution study  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 days
Scientists have discovered hundreds of new protein-protein interactions by looking for co-evolution in some residues of aligned protein sequences. more
Genome study reveals extent, diversity of Roman-era pandemic  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
New research on one of history's most devastating plagues shows that it spread farther than previously believed, reaching post–Roman Britain, and provides new information about the plague bacteria's evolution during a pandemic... more
Fossil of smallest Old World monkey species discovered in Kenya  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Researchers from the National Museums of Kenya, University of Arkansas, University of Missouri and Duke University have announced the discovery of a tiny monkey that lived in Kenya... more
Strange new species of duck-billed dinosaur identified  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
The most complete skull of a duck-billed dinosaur from Big Bend National Park, Texas, is revealed in the Journal of Systematic Palaeontology as a new genus and species, Aquilarhinus palimentus. This dinosaur has been... more
Why Haven't All Primates Evolved into Humans?  LIVE SCIENCE · 4 days
Humans did not evolve from apes, gorillas or chimps. We share a common ancestor and have followed different evolutionary paths. more
Astronomers Expand Cosmic 'Cheat Sheet' in Hunt for Life  ASTRO WATCH · 5 days
Cornell astronomers have reached into nature’s color palette from early Earth to create a cosmic “cheat sheet” for... more
From Apollo to Mars: The Evolution of Spacesuits  SPACE.COM · 5 days
Often overshadowed by the weight of the historic achievement itself, the most obvious feature of the Apollo 11 photographs is one of the most critical pieces of spaceflight equipment — their spacesuits. more
Small horned dinosaur from China, a Triceratops relative, walked on two feet  SCIENCE DAILY · 6 days
Auroraceratops, a bipedal dinosaur that lived roughly 115 million years ago, has been newly described by paleontologists. More than 80 individuals of this species... more
Small horned dinosaur from China, a Triceratops relative, walked on two feet  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Many dinosaur species are known from scant remains, with some estimates suggesting 75% are known from five or fewer individuals. Auroraceratops rugosus was typical... more
Shifts to renewable energy can drive up energy poverty, study finds  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Efforts to shift away from fossil fuels and replace oil and coal with renewable energy sources can help reduce carbon emissions but do so at the... more
Shifts to renewable energy can drive up energy poverty, study finds  SCIENCE DAILY · 6 days
Efforts to shift away from fossil fuels and replace oil and coal with renewable energy sources can help reduce carbon emissions but do so at the... more
Study: Gorillas Live in Complex, Multi-Tiered Societies  SCI-NEWS.COM · 6 days
According to new research, gorillas have complex social structures, from lifetime bonds forged between distant relations, to social tiers with striking parallels... more
DDT contaminants in marine mammals may threaten California condor recovery  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
The California condor's dramatic recovery from near-extinction was aided by removal of toxic substances from the land, which accumulated in animals whose carrion they ate. more
Microraptors Ate Lizards for Lunch  SCI-NEWS.COM · 6 days
Paleontologists in China have uncovered a nearly complete, fully articulated skeleton of Microraptor zhaoianus, a pigeon-sized, four-winged dinosaur that lived about 120 million years ago, and... more
Wildfires disrupt important pollination processes by moths and increase extinction risks  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Publishing their findings today (12 July) in the journal Functional Ecology, an international team of experts, studied the impact of a large wildfire in Portugal on... more
New study reveals 'clutch' proteins responsible for putting T cell activation 'into gear'  NEWS MEDICAL · 6 days
In collaborative research, scientists from three continents were able to discover a crucial bit of information about how T cells move proteins... more
Prokaryotic vs. Eukaryotic Cells: What's the Difference?  LIVE SCIENCE · 7 days
Earth's first life forms consisted of simple prokaryotic cells. Over time, these evolved into the more complex eukaryotic cells with nuclei. more
Bird with unusually long toes found fossilized in amber  SCIENCE DAILY · 7 days
Meet the ancient bird that had toes longer than its lower legs. Researchers have discovered a bird foot from 99 million years ago preserved in amber that had a hyper-elongated... more
New virus found in one-third of all countries may have coevolved with human lineage  SCIENCE DAILY · 7 days
A new study has investigated the origin and evolution of a virus called crAssphage, which may have coevolved with human... more
Condor chick confirmed at Zion National Park in Utah  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
A sweeping red-rock cliff at Utah's Zion National Park is now the home of a new California condor chick as the species makes a comeback in the wild three decades... more
Bird-like dinosaur is oldest unearthed in North America  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
A team of palaeontologists from the UK and US have identified a one of a kind 150 million year old dinosaur skeleton. The specimen has been classified as a new species to... more
Earth's Changing Colors Could Help Us Find Alien Life  SPACE.COM · 7 days
Earth's color palette has changed considerably over time, and that fact could help astronomers better understand the evolution of other life-hosting planets, a new study suggests. more
Fossil fuels increasingly offer a poor return on energy investment  SCIENCE DAILY · 7 days
Researchers have calculated the EROI for fossil fuels over a 16 year period and found that at the finished fuel stage, the ratios are much closer to those... more
Mustering a milder mustard, broccoli, cabbage  SCIENCE DAILY · 7 days
Cruciferous vegetables -- the mustards, broccolis and cabbages of the world -- share a distinct taste. But the same compounds that make them bitter also make them toxic at some levels. Biologists have mapped the crystal... more
Bird with unusually long toes found fossilized in amber  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
Meet the ancient bird that had toes longer than its lower legs. Researchers have discovered a bird foot from 99 million years ago preserved in amber that had a hyper-elongated... more
New species of lizard found in stomach of Cretaceous microraptor  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
A team of paleontologists led by Prof. Jingmai O"Connor from the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology (IVPP) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, together with researchers from... more
An ancient bird found encased in amber had a bizarrely long toe  SCIENCE-NEWS · 7 days
A 99-million-year-old fossil holds a bird with an oddly long toe, which might have helped the critter hook hard-to-reach dinners. more
Exploring a desert portal to other worlds  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
Ali Bramson clutched her neon pink umbrella as she trekked across the frozen lava that spilled from Amboy Crater in California's Mojave Desert. She and her fellow University of Arizona graduate students were tasked... more
Solar power system that works at night a renewable energy game-changer  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
An innovative thermal battery being developed by Curtin University researchers will be key to a solar power system capable of producing electricity overnight, rivaling fossil fuels... more
Oldest human skull outside Africa identified as 210,000 years old  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
A 210,000-year-old human skull could provide new evidence that our species left Africa much earlier than previously thought. A new study published in Nature of two fossils found... more
Hayabusa2: the asteroid probe seeking solar system secrets  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Japan's Hayabusa2 space probe made its second touchdown on a distant asteroid on Thursday, in a bid to collect mineral samples that could reveal more about the solar system's evolution. more
Human pregnancy dependent on cells evolved in platypus-like animal 300 million years ago  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Platelet cells, which prevent mammals from bleeding non-stop, first evolved around 300 million years ago in an egg-laying animal similar to the... more
Caterpillars turn anti-predator defense against sticky toxic plants  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
A moth caterpillar has evolved to use acids, usually sprayed at predators as a deterrent, to disarm the defenses of their food plants, according to a new study. more
Neural sleep patterns emerged at least 450 million years ago  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Researchers have found that neural signatures in sleeping zebrafish are analogous to those of humans, suggesting that the brain activity evolved at least 450 million years ago, before... more
Astronomers expand cosmic 'cheat sheet' in hunt for life  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Using nature's color palette from early Earth, astronomers have created a cosmic 'cheat sheet' in order to understand where discovered exoplanets may fall along their own evolutionary spectrum. more
Nerve injury drives a heightened state of vigilance and neuropathic sensitization in Drosophila  Science Magazine · 1 week
Injury can lead to devastating and often untreatable chronic pain. While acute pain perception (nociception) evolved more than 500 million years ago,... more
Cellular response to moderate chromatin architectural defects promotes longevity  Science Magazine · 1 week
Changes in chromatin organization occur during aging. Overexpression of histones partially alleviates these changes and promotes longevity. We report that deletion of the histone H3-H4 minor locus HHT1-HHF1 extended the... more
Caterpillars turn anti-predator defense against sticky toxic plants  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
A moth caterpillar has evolved to use acids, usually sprayed at predators as a deterrent, to disarm the defenses of their food plants, according to a study publishing July 10 in the... more
Both fish and humans have REM-like sleep  SCIENCE-NEWS · 1 week
Sleeping zebrafish have brain and body activity similar to snoozing mammals, suggesting that sleep evolved at least 450 million years ago. more
Neural sleep patterns emerged at least 450 million years ago, researchers find  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have found that neural signatures in sleeping zebrafish are analogous to those of humans, suggesting that... more
Astronomers expand cosmic 'cheat sheet' in hunt for life  nanowerk · 1 week
Using nature's color palette from early Earth, astronomers have created a cosmic 'cheat sheet' in order to understand where discovered exoplanets may fall along their own evolutionary spectrum. more
Exoplanet evolution: Astronomers expand cosmic 'cheat sheet'  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Cornell astronomers have reached into nature's color palette from early Earth to create a cosmic "cheat sheet" for looking at distant worlds. By correlating tints and hues, researchers aim to understand where discovered exoplanets... more
Modern Asians Acquired Rare Dental Trait from Denisovans: Study  SCI-NEWS.COM · 1 week
A 3-rooted lower molar, a rare trait primarily found in modern Asian lineages, was previously thought to have... more
The path to China's 'ecological civilization' starts with national parks  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
President Xi Jinping staked out China's role as a committed player to tackle the climate crisis and build an "ecological civilization." In a review published July 10 in... more
The wild relatives of livestock and crops are disappearing  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
"Transformative change" is needed to prevent a million species going extinct, according to a new report on the world's biodiversity. Based on information gathered over three years from land, freshwater... more
Fossil fuel mapping database results released  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
A new online mapping tool highlighting the 50 most influential fossil fuel industry players in Western Canada was launched today to help shed light on who's who in the oil resource sector. more
Sturgeon, America's forgotten dinosaurs, show signs of life  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Sturgeon were America's vanishing dinosaurs, armor-plated beasts that crowded the nation's rivers until mankind's craving for caviar pushed them to the edge of extinction. more
Japan's asteroid probe Hayabusa2 set for final touchdown  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Japan's Hayabusa2 probe began descending on Wednesday for its final touchdown on a distant asteroid, hoping to collect samples that could shed light on the evolution of the solar system. more
Human pregnancy dependent on cells evolved in platypus-like animal 300 million years ago  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Platelet cells, which prevent mammals from bleeding non-stop, first evolved around 300 million years ago in an egg-laying animal similar to the... more
Gorillas found to live in 'complex' societies, suggesting deep roots of human social evolution  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Gorillas have more complex social structures than previously thought, from lifetime bonds forged between distant relations, to "social tiers" with... more
Cultural drive breeds war in new evolutionary theory  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
A new evolutionary model shows that a cultural drive to fight for fighting's sake, even when there is no benefit for the winner, can explain the evolution of intergroup conflict in human... more
The parallel ecomorph evolution of scorpionflies: The evidence is in the DNA  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Defying expectations, scorpionflies were found to have ecomorphed in parallel evolutions, independently adapting along different high altitude locations in Japan. Using Bayesian simulations and... more
Therapeutic strategies based on evolutionary principles may improve patient outcomes  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Researchers propose the evolutionary dynamics of background extinctions suggest this focus on finding new and better drugs may have neglected opportunities to develop new and better treatment strategies... more
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