Taking the placenta as a case study, researchers are able to piece together how new organs evolve, by repurposing old tissues and using them to do new jobs.
Anthropologists gather clues about how our ancient ancestors lived from their teeth. What will future anthropologists make of us based on the fossilized pearly whites we'll leave behind?
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
An environment rife with shame is a fertile breeding ground for conflict: pitting mother against mother.
There must be some evolutionary force acting to maintain this visual 'defect'.
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.
Embryos greedily want more resources than their fair share. New research investigates how early in evolution their hormonal tactics arose.
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.
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 evolutionary history of antibiotic resistance suggests it may be impossible to develop resistance-proof antibiotics so what are our other options?