A new study suggests women who undergo FGM in societies where it is prevalent have more surviving children – but the evidence isn't strong enough.
Some fish build sandcastles to attract a mate but others just use sneaky tactics.
Charles Darwin's Zoology of the Voyage of the Beagle, 1838 / The Trustees of the Natural History Museum, London
The species died out long before humans could properly study it.
A cryptic part of DNA helps keep a species' mutations in check until they become useful.
It's a watery battle of the sexes.
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”.
Were legs a quirk of genetic mutation rather than an evolutionary inevitability?
Understanding what makes a great leader depends upon the measure of success, which in commercial sport is brutally unambiguous.
The goal of identifying leadership attributes that translate into team success remains as elusive in sport as it does in other spheres of human endeavour.
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New research suggests the "primordial soup" theory can't explain how living cells evolved to harness energy.
Scientists have uncovered the genetics that explain the snake's impressive length – and used the science to create extra-long mice.
We need to actively build a mother culture grounded in safety and acceptance.
An environment rife with shame is a fertile breeding ground for conflict: pitting mother against mother.
But I asked for green highlights!
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There must be some evolutionary force acting to maintain this visual 'defect'.
There’s nothing that everyone wants in a partner. But there are characteristics most men or women find attractive.
We know a lot about why people choose different brands of dishwashing detergent. But when it comes to the processes behind choosing a romantic partner, science knows surprisingly little.
There’s a battle for resources going on in there.
Embryos greedily want more resources than their fair share. New research investigates how early in evolution their hormonal tactics arose.
Computers can be our prediction machines.
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Scientists of all kinds turn to computer models to investigate questions they can't get at any other way. Here's how models work and why we can trust them.
Your attitudes to risk – from extreme sports to school rugby – are hardwired into you.
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We've bred them into all shapes and sizes, but dogs haven't been around for long enough to have evolved beyond Canis familiaris.
The superbug MRSA (green) interacts with a human white cell.
The evolutionary history of antibiotic resistance suggests it may be impossible to develop resistance-proof antibiotics so what are our other options?
Just heard the news? Relax, it doesn’t mean you fancy your mum.
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Science explains why people pick partners who look like their parents – without involving Freud.
Skull of a man with multiple lesions on the side, probably caused by a club.
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Why hunter gatherers weren't as peaceful as you may think.