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With secondhand gene, house mice resist poison
Since the 1950s, people have tried to limit the numbers of mice and rats using a poison known as warfarin. (2011-07-21)
UCI-led butterfly study sheds light on convergent evolution
For 150 years scientists have been trying to explain convergent evolution. (2011-07-21)
Mysterious fossils provide new clues to insect evolution
German scientists at the Stuttgart Natural History Museum were leading in the discovery of a new insect order from the Lower Cretaceous of South America. (2011-07-19)
Rapid venom evolution in pit vipers may be defensive
Research published recently in PLoS One delivers new insight about rapid toxin evolution in venomous snakes. (2011-07-18)
Evolution and domestication of seed structure shown to use same genetic mutation
For the first time, scientists have identified a mutation in plants that was selected twice -- during both natural evolution and domestication. (2011-07-07)
Wayne State University researcher argues that sex reduces genetic variation
Biology textbooks maintain that the main function of sex is to promote genetic diversity. (2011-07-07)
Dynamic Africa
Despite the general acceptance of the theory of plate tectonics for decades now, geoscientists still have much to learn about the processes involved in the breakup of continents and the formation of new ocean basins. (2011-07-06)
Evolution of sport performances follows a physiological law
Geoffroy Berthelot and Stephane Len, both researchers at the IRMES, have published their findings in Age, the official journal of the American Aging Association, describing the evolution of performances in elite athletes and chess grandmasters. (2011-07-01)
Many a mickle makes a muckle: How changes in animals' size and shape arise
How does nature's great diversity in the shape and size of organisms evolve? (2011-06-30)
Evolutionary kings of the hill use good, bad and ugly mutations to speed ahead of competition
Evolutionary adaptation is often compared to climbing a hill, and organisms making the right combination of multiple mutations -- both good and bad -- can become the king of the mountain, says a Michigan State University researcher. (2011-06-30)
Beyond Darwin: Evolving new functions
A recent Kavli Futures Symposium focused on the progress, and promise, of evolving biological functions in the lab. (2011-06-28)
Evolution to the rescue
Evolution is usually thought to be a slow process, something that happens over generations, thanks to adaptive mutations. (2011-06-22)
College scientist cites enlarged skeletal muscles as reason birds exist
A new theory of the origin of birds, traditionally believed to be driven by the evolution of flight, is now being credited to the emergence of enlarged skeletal muscles in birds. (2011-06-22)
Noted science historian Elof Carlson traces how the idea of mutation has changed in 6 generations
The idea of mutation has changed considerably from the pre-Mendelian concepts of Darwin's generation to today's up-to-the-minute genomic context of mutation. (2011-06-08)
Species reemergence after collapse: Possible but different
Species pairs that disappear through hybridization after human-induced changes to the environment can reemerge if the disturbance is removed, according to a new mathematical model that shows the conditions under which reemergence might happen. (2011-05-20)
Sodium channels evolved before animals' nervous systems, research shows
An essential component of animal nervous systems -- sodium channels -- evolved prior to the evolution of those systems, researchers from the University of Texas at Austin have discovered. (2011-05-17)
Galaxy NGC 4214: A star formation laboratory
Hubble's newest camera has taken an image of galaxy NGC 4214. (2011-05-12)
Study shows evolutionary adaptations can be reversed, but rarely
Physicists' study of evolution in bacteria shows that adaptations can be undone, but rarely. (2011-05-11)
Evolutionary lessons for wind farm efficiency
Evolution is providing the inspiration for University of Adelaide computer science research to find the best placement of turbines to increase wind farm productivity. (2011-05-04)
Lichen evolved on 2 tracks, like marsupials and mammals
Lichen, those drab, fuzzy growths found on rocks and trees, aren't as cuddly and charismatic as kangaroos or intriguing as opossums, but they could be a fungal equivalent, at least evolutionarily. (2011-05-02)
'Explosive' evolution in pupfish
Two groups of small fish, one from a Caribbean island and one from the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico, exhibit some of the fastest rates of evolution known in any organism, according to a new UC Davis study. (2011-04-26)
The eyes have it: Dinosaurs hunted by night
The movie Jurassic Park got one thing right: those velociraptors hunted by night while the big plant-eaters browsed around the clock, according to a new study of the eyes of fossil animals. (2011-04-14)
Historical context guides language development
Not only do we humans enjoy talking -- and talking a lot -- we also do so in very different ways: about 6,000 languages are spoken today worldwide. (2011-04-14)
Explore the origin of our species: Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Human Evolution
One of the world's most distinguished experts of paleoanthropology presents two landmark volumes chronicling the greatest story ever told: the origin of our species. (2011-04-13)
Tiger-parrots show their true evolutionary stripes
Recently released genetic research from CSIRO and New Mexico State University in the US is helping scientists better understand how Australian birds evolved. (2011-04-12)
Genetic study offers insight into the social lives of bees
Most people have trouble telling them apart, but bumble bees, honey bees, stingless bees and solitary bees have home lives that are as different from one another as a monarch's palace is from a hippie commune or a hermit's cabin in the woods. (2011-04-11)
Accelerated lab evolution of biomolecules could yield new generation of medicines
Scientists at Harvard University have harnessed the prowess of fast-replicating bacterial viruses, also known as phages, to accelerate the evolution of biomolecules in the laboratory. (2011-04-10)
Death anxiety prompts people to believe in intelligent design, reject evolution: UBC research
Researchers at the University of British Columbia and Union College (Schenectady, N.Y.) have found that people's death anxiety can influence them to support theories of intelligent design and reject evolutionary theory. (2011-03-30)
Research shows not only the fittest survive
Darwin's notion that only the fittest survive has been called into question by new research due to be published in Nature. (2011-03-27)
Some outcomes of the evolutionary race buck conventional wisdom
In some cases, less fit organisms may out-survive their in-shape counterparts, according to a study reported in the March 18 issue of Science. (2011-03-25)
Unknown animals nearly invisible but yet there
Bryozoans (moss animals) are a group of aquatic invertebrates that are found in great variety throughout the world, with well over 100 species in Sweden alone. (2011-03-21)
New plant species gives insights into evolution
A new plant species is providing an insight into how evolution works and could help improve crop plants, scientists have revealed. (2011-03-17)
Fossils of horse teeth indicate 'you are what you eat,' according to NYCOM researchers
Fossil records verify a long-standing theory that horses evolved through natural selection, according to groundbreaking research by two anatomy professors at New York College of Osteopathic Medicine of New York Institute of Technology. (2011-03-03)
Is March Madness always the same?
Why is it that the same teams seem to dominate the annual men's collegiate basketball tournament? (2011-03-01)
Homoplasy: A good thread to pull to understand the evolutionary ball of yarn
With the genetics of so many organisms that have different traits yet to study, and with the techniques for gathering full sets of genetic information from organisms rapidly evolving, the (2011-02-24)
Oldest species of a marine mollusc discovered
An international research team, with Spanish participation, has discovered a new species of mollusc, Polyconites hadriani, in various parts of the Iberian Peninsula. (2011-02-22)
Skin color: Handy tool for teaching evolution
Variations in skin color provide one of the best examples of evolution by natural selection acting on the human body and should be used to teach evolution in schools, according to a Penn State anthropologist. (2011-02-20)
Syracuse University scientist to speak on evolution and Islam at AAAS Annual Meeting
Jason Wiles, assistant professor of biology in Syracuse University's College of Arts and Sciences, will present (2011-02-18)
Subtle shifts, not major sweeps, drove human evolution
The most popular model used by geneticists for the last 35 years to detect the footprints of human evolution may overlook more common subtle changes, a new international study finds. (2011-02-17)
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