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Evolution of hyperswarming bacteria could develop anti-biofilm therapies
Hyperswarming, pathogenic bacteria have repeatedly evolved in a lab, and the good news is that they should be less of a problem to us than their less mobile kin. (2013-08-15)
Shortening tails gave early birds a leg up
A radical shortening in the bony tails of birds that lived over 100 million years ago freed the legs to evolve in new ways and enabled an explosive radiation of early bird species, a new study shows. (2013-08-14)
'Digging up' 4-billion-year-old fossil protein structures to reveal how they evolved
Very little is known about how and when over the course of evolution 3-D protein structures arose. (2013-08-08)
Wired for change
A study of gene expression led by scientists at the EMBL-European Bioinformatics Institute and the University of Cambridge has revealed the first steps of evolution in gene regulation in mice. (2013-08-02)
'Evolution will punish you if you're selfish and mean'
Two Michigan State University evolutionary biologists offer new evidence that evolution doesn't favor the selfish, disproving a theory popularized in 2012. (2013-08-01)
Evolution of monogamy in humans the result of infanticide risk
The threat of infants being killed by unrelated males is the key driver of monogamy in humans and other primates. (2013-07-29)
Evolution picks up hitchhikers
In a twist on (2013-07-22)
Evolutionary changes could aid fisheries
Sustainable fishing practices could lead to larger fishing yields in the long run, according to a new study that models in detail how ecology and evolution affect the economics of fishing. (2013-07-18)
Lizards show evolution is predictable
If you could hit the reset button on evolution and start over, would essentially the same species appear? (2013-07-18)
Family tree of fish yields surprises
The mighty tuna is more closely related to the delicate seahorse than to a marlin or sailfish. (2013-07-16)
The evolution of fins to limbs in the land invasion race
Why did animals with limbs win the race to invade land over those with fins? (2013-07-05)
Seeing starfish: The missing link in eye evolution?
A study has shown for the first time that starfish use primitive eyes at the tip of their arms to visually navigate their environment. (2013-07-04)
Evolution's toolkit seen in developing hands and arms
Thousands of sequences that control genes are active in the developing human limb and may have driven the evolution of the human hand and foot, a comparative genomics study led by Yale School of Medicine researchers has found. (2013-07-03)
Why do we gesticulate?
If you rely on hand gestures to get your point across, you can thank fish for that! (2013-07-02)
'Human Evolutionary Genetics' by Jobling, Hollux, Hurles, Kivisild, and Tyler-Smith
Now in full-color, the Second Edition of Human Evolutionary Genetics has been completely revised to cover the rapid advances in the field since publication of the highly regarded First Edition. (2013-06-26)
2 mutations triggered an evolutionary leap 500 million years ago
A research team led by a University of Chicago scientist has discovered two key mutations that sparked a hormonal revolution 500 million years ago. (2013-06-24)
Teaching complete evolutionary stories increases learning
Evolution is often thought to be a difficult subject to teach. (2013-06-15)
Study: Context crucial when it comes to mutations in genetic evolution
New research led by evolutionary biologist Jay Storz of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has found that whether a given mutation is good or bad is often determined by other mutations associated with it. (2013-06-13)
Rapid adaptation is purple sea urchins' weapon against ocean acidification
In the race against climate change and ocean acidification, some sea urchins may still have a few tricks up their spiny sleeves, suggesting that adaptation will likely play a large role for the sea creatures as the carbon content of the ocean increases. (2013-06-12)
How birds lost their penises
In animals that reproduce by internal fertilization, as humans do, you'd think a penis would be an organ you couldn't really do without, evolutionarily speaking. (2013-06-06)
A CNIO study tracks the evolutionary history of a cancer-related gene
A study published today by scientists from the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre describes how a genetic duplication that took place in the vertebrate ancestor some 500 million years ago encouraged the evolution of the ASF1b gene; a gene essential for proper cell division and related to some types of cancer such as breast cancer. (2013-06-06)
Discovering 1 reason why swarming evolved offers tantalizing clues on how intelligence developed
Many animals -- from locusts to fish -- live in groups and swarm, but scientists aren't sure why or how this behavior evolved. (2013-06-05)
'Lizard King' fossil shows giant reptiles coexisted with mammals during globally warm past
At nearly six feet long and weighing upwards of 60 pounds, (2013-06-04)
The ascent of man: Why our early ancestors took to 2 feet
A new study by archaeologists at the University of York challenges evolutionary theories behind the development of our earliest ancestors from tree dwelling quadrupeds to upright bipeds capable of walking and scrambling. (2013-05-24)
Scientists offer first definitive proof of bacteria-feeding behavior in green algae
Researchers have captured images of green alga consuming bacteria, offering a glimpse at how early organisms dating back more than 1 billion years may have acquired free-living photosynthetic cells. (2013-05-23)
From ocean to land: The fishy origins of our hips
New research has revealed that the evolution of the complex, weight-bearing hips of walking animals from the basic hips of fish was a much simpler process than previously thought. (2013-05-13)
3D simulation shows how form of complex organs evolves by natural selection
Researchers at the Institute of Biotechnology at the Helsinki University and the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona have developed the first three-dimensional simulation of the evolution of morphology by integrating the mechanisms of genetic regulation that take place during embryo development. (2013-05-02)
Fossil of great ape sheds light on evolution
A University of Missouri integrative anatomy expert says the shape of an 11.8-million-year-old specimen's pelvis indicates that it lived near the beginning of the great ape evolution, after the lesser apes had started to develop separately but before the great ape species began to diversify. (2013-05-01)
Huddersfield researchers publish a book exploring the link between evolution and criminal behavior
Dr. Jason Roach of the University of Huddersfield, with co-author Professor Ken Pease, has published a new book addressing the controversial issue of linking evolutionary theory to criminal behaviour. (2013-04-26)
Virtual, squishy creatures evolve to run using evolutionary algorithms
A research team led by Cornell University's Creative Machines Lab has created a computer algorithm that can be used to witness virtual creatures evolving their squishy, muscle-like features in order to teach themselves to walk. (2013-04-23)
Unusual anal fin offers new insight into evolution
An unusual fossil fish that has fins behind its anus could have implications for human evolution according to a scientist at The University of Manchester. (2013-04-10)
Environmental change can lead to rapid species evolution
Environmental change can drive hard-wired evolutionary changes in animal species in a matter of generations. (2013-04-09)
Environmental change triggers rapid evolution
Environmental change can drive hard-wired evolutionary changes in animal species in a matter of generations. (2013-04-08)
The evolutionary consequences of infidelity
Can extra-pair relationships give rise to sexual dimorphism? (2013-04-03)
Tiny octopus-like microorganisms named after science fiction monsters: UBC research
University of British Columbia researchers have discovered two new symbionts living in the gut of termites, and taken the unusual step of naming them after fictional monsters created by American horror author HP Lovecraft. (2013-04-02)
The placodonts are fellow Europeans
Placodonts were among the first marine reptiles. With their trademark crushing teeth, they fed on shellfish and crustaceans. (2013-03-27)
Novel insights into the evolution of protein networks
System-wide networks of proteins are indispensable for organisms. Function and evolution of these networks are among the most fascinating research questions in biology. (2013-03-21)
Ben-Gurion U. researchers and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. develop psoriasis drug
The research team developed a method to inhibit IL-17 pro-inflammatory signals and proved that their engineered receptor, IL-17R, is highly effective in reducing IL-17 induced inflammatory signals in mice models. (2013-03-19)
Carl Thunberg's Japanese plants to be digitized
In stiff competition the Museum of Evolution at Uppsala University, Sweden, has been granted funding for digitizing the Japanese parts of the Thunberg collection. (2013-03-11)
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