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December 7, 2019

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In ancient Egypt, sacred ibises were collected from their natural habitats to be ritually sacrificed, according to a ... read more
Researchers have succeeded in reconstructing the evolutionary relationship between a two million year old giant primate and the living orangutan. It is the first time genetic ... read more
There are over 500,000 plant species in the world today. They all evolved from a common ancestor. How this leap in biodiversity happened is still unclear. Researchers now ... read more
The evolution of dietary and hygienic habits in Western countries is associated with a decrease in the bacteria that help in digestion. These very bacteria were also found in ... read more
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Aquatic Microorganisms Offer Important Window on the History of Life

Researchers describe a new method for investigating the genomes of eukaryotic flagellate organisms. These elusive aquatic creatures may offer clues about LECA -- the progenitor of all complex life on ... read more

Lichens Are Way Younger Than Scientists Thought

Lichens -- a combo of fungus and algae -- can grow on bare rocks, so scientists thought that lichens were some of the first organisms to make their way onto land from the water, changing the ... read more

Lifelike Chemistry Created in Lab Search for Ways to Study Origin of Life

Researchers have cultivated lifelike chemical reactions while pioneering a new strategy for studying the origin of ... read more

Butterflies Take Different Paths to Arrive at Same Color Pattern

An international team of scientists working with Heliconius butterflies in Panama was faced with a mystery: how do pairs of unrelated butterflies from Peru to Costa Rica evolve nearly the same ... read more

DNA Is Only One Among Millions of Possible Genetic Molecules

Biology encodes information in DNA and RNA, complex molecules finely tuned to their functions. Although, other nucleic acid-like polymers are known, yet much remains unknown regarding possible ... read more

Fossil Suggests Apes, Old World Monkeys Moved in Opposite Directions from Shared Ancestor

In terms of their body plan, Old World monkeys -- a group that includes primates like baboons and macaques -- are generally considered more similar to ancestral species than apes are. But a new study ... read more

Early Dispersal for Quadrupedal Cetaceans: Amphibious Whale from Middle Eocene

Scientists have a relatively precise idea about where whales and their closest terrestrial relatives evolved more than 50 million years ago (early Eocene), thanks to the discovery of ancient cetacean ... read more

Mammals' Complex Spines Are Linked to High Metabolisms; We're Learning How They Evolved

Mammals' backbones are weird. They're much more complex than the spines of other land animals like reptiles. Scientists wanted to find out how these complex backbones evolved in the first ... read more

Humans Migrated from Europe to the Levant 40,000 Years Ago

Researchers now report that Aurignacians, culturally sophisticated yet mysterious early humans, migrated from Europe to the Levant some 40,000 years ago, shedding light on a significant era in the ... read more

Disease-Causing Protein in Cystic Fibrosis Has Ancient Roots in Sea Lamprey

The oldest known ortholog of the ion channel that is defective in patients with cystic fibrosis arose approximately 450 million years ago in the sea lamprey, researchers report. Many differences ... read more

Following in Darwin's Footsteps: Understanding the Plant Evolution of Florist's Gloxinia

Researchers discovered that in its 200 years of being cultivated and domesticated, florist's gloxinia, Sinningia speciosa, has reached tremendous levels of phenotypic, or physical, variation and ... read more

Red Algae Thrive Despite Ancestor's Massive Loss of Genes

You'd think that losing 25 percent of your genes would be a big problem for survival. But not for red algae, including the seaweed used to wrap sushi. An ancestor of red algae lost about a ... read more

Insect Evolution During the Eocene Epoch

Scientists have shown that the incidence of midge and fly larvae in amber is far higher than previously thought. The new finds shed light on insect evolution and the ecology in the Baltic amber ... read more

Massive Fangs and a Death Crush: How a 370 Million Year Old Tetrapod Hunted and Killed

The habits of a needle-toothed tetrapod which lived more than 370 million years ago have filled in a piece of the evolutionary puzzle after an international team of palaeontologists pieced together ... read more

Why Are Bald Eagles Such Great Gliders? It's All in the Wrist

Birds come in an astounding array of shapes and colors. New research helps explain why bird species with similar flight styles or body sizes don't have consistent wing shapes. Bird species tend ... read more

Butterflies and Plants Evolved in Sync, but Moth 'Ears' Predated Bats

A new study cross-examines classic hypotheses about the coevolution of butterflies with flowering plants and moths with bats, their key predators. The findings show flowering plants did drive much of ... read more

Phylogenetic Analysis Forces Rethink of Termite Evolution

Despite their important ecological role as decomposers, termites are often overlooked in research. Evolutionary biologists have constructed a new family tree for this unassuming insect brood, ... read more

Newly Discovered Microbes Band Together, 'Flip Out'

Scientists have found a new species of choanoflagellate. This close relative of animals forms sheets of cells that 'flip' inside-out in response to light, alternating between a cup-shaped ... read more

An Evolution in the Understanding of Evolution

An engineering professor and her former Ph.D. student share a new, more accurate method for modeling evolutionary ... read more

Industrial Melanism Linked to Same Gene in 3 Moth Species

The rise of dark forms of many species of moth in heavily polluted areas of 19th and 20th century Britain, known as industrial melanism, was a highly visible response to environmental change. But did ... read more

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