A simplified Tree of Life summarising the evolutionary relationships among a broad selection of living organisms.
Charles Darwin was one of the first to show connections in the variety of life by using a rough evolutionary tree. Things have developed quite a bit since then.
The armour of the 380 million year old placoderm fish
Scientists have long believed that our distant cousins are the placoderms, and ancient group of armoured fish. But a new study is casting doubt on that view.
Alfred the aetiocetid had teeth but needed a better way to capture his tiny prey.
The largest animals on the planet - the baleen whales - prey on some of the smallest. But how did their teeth evolve into the filters they use today?
A set of fossils that lay forgotten in a museum are revealing new secrets about Britain's prehistoric wildlife.
It's a watery battle of the sexes.
Animals that group together to fight off evolutionary pressure may actually evolve faster.
Robots will need to teach themselves.
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We need to do more than teach machines to learn. We need to overcome the barriers that separate machines from us – and us from them.
Spines don’t stop animals from browsing, but slow down their feeding rates.
Fire has been viewed as the main protagonist in creating Africa's iconic savannas. However, new research shows that browsing animals created savannas millions of years before fire became important.
Static No. 12 (seek stillness in movement), 2009–10.
©Daniel Crooks. Courtesy of the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery
A new exhibition at MONA, curated by scientists, explores the biological and evolutionary origins of art. The show is spectacular - but it offers an overwhelmingly male perspective.
A wax figure of Charles Darwin, whose theories about species have influenced science for centuries.
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Humans have an innate interest and ability in naming biologically meaningful entities, or species. Taxonomy, then, vies for the title of world's “oldest profession”.
Bonobos are separated from chimpanzees by the River Congo, but they share more genes than we thought.
The two species mated 500,000 years ago, leaving a genetic mark to this day. This knowledge could help save them from extinction.
Qilinyu, shown here front and top left, with its kin
Entelognathus and small worm-like conodont animals swimming in the background.
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Next time you bite down on something you're eating, spare a thought for the evolutioniary leap made by an ancient fish that gave rise to our jaws.
Cheetahs have extraordinarily low genetic diversity, placing them at risk.
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Wildlife in wilderness areas have more genetic diversity, which is better for their survival.
Were legs a quirk of genetic mutation rather than an evolutionary inevitability?
Robert Nicholls, Palaeocreations
Uncovering the monsters of the prehistoric deep.
In part two of our podcast on rebooting, we explore what would happen if humanity was wiped out, take a look at a political comeback in France, and get a taste of a revamped US institution.
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David Attenborough's latest BBC documentary indulges wishful thinking over evidence.
Humans co-opted the anatomical structures for breathing and chewing to create speech.
Humans have invented many technologies to survive better – spears, pots, calculators, even language. With language, however, the raw material used to fashion the technology is the human body itself.
Just a stripey horse? Neigh …
They look like stripey horses – so why don't we ride them?
New research reveals that the first songbirds emerged from Australia when a new chain of islands formed.