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Science magazine prize goes to evolution class that starts with baby chimp's face
A course module called How We Got Here, which engages students in their own research about the evolution of humans, has been awarded the Science Prize for Inquiry-Based Instruction because of its effectiveness as a teaching tool. (2012-12-20)
U of T Researchers uncover major source of evolutionary differences among species
University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine researchers have uncovered a genetic basis for fundamental differences between humans and other vertebrates that could also help explain why humans are susceptible to diseases not found in other species. (2012-12-20)
Advance in chromosomal evolution in sea cradles
A chromosomal study performed in a common Mediterranean chiton (sea cradle) provides information, relevant to systematic relationships of the species; furthermore the comparison of its karyotype with ones in literature allows the authors to put forward a hypothesis on chromosome evolution of this group of mollusks. (2012-12-12)
From fish to man: Research reveals how fins became legs
Vertebrates' transition to living on land, instead of only in water, represented a major event in the history of life. (2012-12-10)
Research yields understanding of Darwin's 'abominable mystery'
Research by Indiana University paleobotanist David L. Dilcher and colleagues in Europe sheds new light on what Charles Darwin famously called (2012-12-06)
Evolution: Social exclusion leads to cooperation
Social exclusion as a punishment strategy helps explain the evolution of cooperation, according to new research published today in the Proceedings of the Royal Society - Biology. (2012-12-04)
Cultural anthropologist Mark Flinn named 2013 AAAS Fellow
University of Missouri researcher Mark Flinn, professor of anthropology, has been selected as a Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science. (2012-12-03)
Grey-mouse lemurs serve as model for the early primates from which humans evolved
Findings from the study that analyzed grey-mouse lemur calls provide the first evidence of paternal kin recognition through vocalizations in a small-brained, solitary foraging mammal. (2012-11-30)
Algae held captive and genes stolen in crime of evolution
Microscopic animals held algae captive and stole their genes for energy production, thereby evolving into a new and more powerful species many millions of years ago reveals a new study published today in the journal Nature. (2012-11-28)
Evolutionary mode routinely varies amongst morphological traits within fossil species lineages
This new study uses model selection methods available only in the last several years and is an excellent example of an emerging revolution in scientific inquiry as new techniques are used to breathe new life into old data. (2012-11-26)
New evidence of dinosaurs' role in the evolution of bird flight
A new study looking at the structure of feathers in bird-like dinosaurs has shed light on one of nature's most remarkable inventions - how flight might have evolved. (2012-11-21)
New evidence of dinosaurs' role in the evolution of bird flight
A new study looking at the structure of feathers in bird-like dinosaurs has shed light on one of nature's most remarkable inventions -- how flight might have evolved. (2012-11-21)
We're in this together: A pathbreaking investigation into the evolution of cooperative behavior
The origins of cooperative behavior are not altruism, but mutual interest, according to a new study in Current Anthropology. (2012-11-16)
Finally! The pig genome is mapped
In a major international study, the pig genome is now mapped. (2012-11-14)
Recent studies bring fossils and genes together to piece together evolutionary history
In the current issue of the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, Hans Thewissen, Ingalls-Brown Professor at Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED), and his colleagues review recent studies that have used modern genetic techniques to shed light on fossils, and vice versa. (2012-11-07)
Solving a biological mystery
A team of Harvard researchers, led by Associate Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology Cassandra Extavour, have shown that insects like crickets possess a variation of a gene, called oskar, that has been shown to be critical to the production of germ cells in 'higher' insects, particularly fruit flies. (2012-11-01)
New study sheds light on how and when vision evolved
Opsins, the light-sensitive proteins key to vision, may have evolved earlier and undergone fewer genetic changes than previously believed, according to a new study from the National University of Ireland Maynooth and the University of Bristol published today in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. (2012-10-29)
British Ecological Society partners with Wiley open access journal Ecology and Evolution
John Wiley & Sons, Inc., has announced a new partnership between the British Ecological Society and the Wiley Open Access journal Ecology and Evolution. (2012-10-26)
Size does matter in sexual selection, at least among beetles
The size of genital spines has a measurable effect on sexual success in beetles, according to a recent paper by researchers from the University of Cincinnati and Uppsala University in Sweden. (2012-10-25)
Male competition over females
When a female mates with several males, these will compete over the fertilization her eggs. (2012-10-25)
Developmental biologist proposes new theory of early animal evolution
A developmental biologist whose life's work has supported the theory of evolution has developed a concept that dramatically alters one of its basic assumptions -- that survival is based on a change's functional advantage if it is to persist. (2012-10-11)
Why we need insects -- even 'pesky' ones
At first blush, many people would probably love to get rid of insects, such as pesky mosquitoes, ants and roaches. (2012-10-04)
Everyday evolution
Take a good look around on your next nature hike. (2012-10-04)
Compelling evidence that brain parts evolve independently
An evolutionary biologist at the University of Manchester, working with scientists in the United States, has found compelling evidence that parts of the brain can evolve independently from each other. (2012-09-25)
Red king or red queen
In relationships based on mutuality, the number of individuals involved can determine the rate at which species evolve. (2012-09-24)
Scripps Research Institute receives $20 million to shed light on HIV drug resistance
The Scripps Research Institute has received a grant totaling approximately $20 million over five years from the National Institutes of Health to research the development of drug resistance in HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. (2012-09-19)
New insights into why humans are more susceptible to cancer and other diseases
Chimpanzees rarely get cancer, or a variety of other diseases that commonly arise in humans, but their genomic DNA sequence is nearly identical to ours. (2012-08-23)
Intense bursts of star formation drive fierce galactic winds
Fierce galactic winds powered by an intense burst of star formation may blow gas right out of massive galaxies, shutting down their ability to make new stars. (2012-08-20)
Wiley moves towards broader open access license
John Wiley & Sons, Inc., today announced revised licensing arrangements for proprietary journals published under the Wiley Open Access program. (2012-08-14)
Why do organisms build tissues they seemingly never use?
Why, after millions of years of evolution, do organisms build structures that seemingly serve no purpose? (2012-08-10)
New substances 15,000 times more effective in destroying chemical warfare agents
In an advance that could be used in masks to protect against nerve gas, scientists are reporting development of proteins that are up to 15,000 times more effective than their natural counterpart in destroying chemical warfare agents. (2012-08-08)
Physics and math shed new light on biology by mapping the landscape of evolution
Researchers capture evolutionary dynamics in a new theoretical framework that could help explain some of the mysteries of how and why species change over time. (2012-08-08)
Division of labor offers insight into the evolution of multicellular life
Dividing tasks among different individuals is a more efficient way to get things done, whether you are an ant, a honeybee or a human. (2012-08-07)
Notre Dame researcher is shedding light on how jaws evolve
If you're looking for information on the evolution and function of jaws, University of Notre Dame researcher Matt Ravosa is your man. (2012-08-07)
Researchers peek at the early evolution of sex chromosomes
Two new studies offer insight into sex chromosome evolution by focusing on papaya, a multimillion dollar crop plant with a sexual problem (as far as growers are concerned) and a complicated past. (2012-08-06)
Paddlefish's doubled genome may question theories on limb evolution
The American paddlefish -- known for its bizarre, protruding snout and eggs harvested for caviar -- duplicated its entire genome about 42 million years ago, according to a new study published in the journal Genome Biology and Evolution. (2012-08-06)
Ion selectivity in neuronal signaling channels evolved twice in animals
Excitation of neurons depends on the selected influx of certain ions through specific channels. (2012-07-26)
Same adaptations evolve across different insects
For years, scientists have questioned whether evolution is predictable, or whether chance events make such predictability unlikely. (2012-07-24)
Single-cell parasites co-opt 'ready-made' genes from host: UBC research
Two species of single-cell parasites have co-opted (2012-07-18)
Giving ancient life another chance to evolve
Using a process called paleo-experimental evolution, Georgia Tech researchers have resurrected a 500-million-year-old gene from bacteria and inserted it into modern-day Escherichia coli bacteria. (2012-07-11)
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