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December 9, 2019

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How did life survive the most severe ice age? A team has found the first direct evidence that glacial meltwater provided a crucial lifeline to eukaryotes during Snowball ... read more
Ancestors of modern bacteria cultured from an iron-rich lake in Democratic Republic of Congo could have been key to keeping Earth's dimly lit early climate warm, and in ... read more
The search for evidence of life on Mars could be helped by fresh insights into ancient rocks ... read more
Some of the same mutations allowing humans to fend off deadly infections also make us more prone to certain inflammatory and autoimmune diseases, such as Crohn's disease. ... 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

Early DNA Lineages Shed Light on the Diverse Origins of the Contemporary Population

A new genetic study demonstrates that, at the end of the Iron Age, Finland was inhabited by separate and differing populations, all of them influencing the gene pool of modern Finns. The study is so ... 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

In ancient Egypt, sacred ibises were collected from their natural habitats to be ritually sacrificed, according to a new ... 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 material this old has ... read more

Experiments are casting a new light on Egyptian soil and ancient mummified bone samples that could provide a richer understanding of daily life and environmental conditions thousands of years ... 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

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

Researchers Lay out First Genetic History of Rome

Despite extensive records of the history of Rome, little is known about the city's population over time. A new genetic history of the Eternal City reveals a dynamic population shaped in part by ... 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

Ancient Bone Protein Reveals Which Turtles Were on the Menu in Florida, Caribbean

Thousands of years ago, the inhabitants of modern-day Florida and the Caribbean feasted on sea turtles, leaving behind bones that tell tales of ancient diets and the ocean's past. An ... read more

Deep Sea Vents Had Ideal Conditions for Origin of Life

By creating protocells in hot, alkaline seawater, a research team has added to evidence that the origin of life could have been in deep-sea hydrothermal vents rather than shallow ... read more

A New Spin on Life's Origin?

Researchers used a rotary evaporator to coax non-chiral molecules to form supermolecules of a specific helicity. This work may be used to synthesize cheaper pharmaceuticals, and also explain how 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

The Homeland of Modern Humans

A landmark study pinpoints the birthplace of modern humans in southern Africa and suggests how past climate shifts drove their first ... read more

Science Reveals Improvements in Roman Building Techniques

Researchers have carried out scientific analysis of the materials used to build the Atrium Vestae in Rome. They found that successive phases of modification to the building saw improvements, ... read more

Imperfect Diamonds Paved Road to Historic Deep Earth Discoveries

Researchers have explored how carbon moves between Earth's interior, surface and atmosphere; how much deep carbon exists, in what forms (including vast microbial life); where carbon came from; ... 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 present the results of a ... read more

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