We studied how foxgloves taken to the Americas less than 200 years ago have changed compared to natives in Europe.
We studied the genomes of African and Asian leopards using specimens from natural history museums.
New evidence affirms that significant, long-standing inter-group cultural differences shaped the later stages of human evolution in Africa.
Were starfish really the oldest relatives of vertebrates such as mammals?
Scientists used to believe that a group containing starfish and sea urchin were the closest relatives of vertebrates like humans. But new research challenges this idea.
Sticklebacks, with their complex behaviors, make for excellent study subjects.
A parent's or grandparent's stressful experiences change how their offspring behave. And it turns out that moms' experiences produce different changes in kids than dads'.
Burker Museum / Elliot Trotter
Teeth, horns, claws, beaks, shells and even plant prickles — the power cascade rule can be observed far and wide throughout nature, much like the famous golden ratio.
Brookesia tedi, described in 2019, is one of the smallest chameleons, and indeed one of the smallest amniote vertebrates, on earth.
Mark D. Scherz
Madagascar stands out as an exceptionally interesting place in which to study the evolution of "mini" creatures. And we are only just starting to scratch the surface of this.
New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman routinely tops 100 mph with his fastball.
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We're the only species that can throw at speeds that kill.
Periodical cicada in Washington, D.C., May 2017.
One of the largest groups of 17-year cicadas, Brood X, last emerged from underground in 2004. The next generation will arrive starting in April.
It’s not a stretch to say asymptomatic spreaders unwittingly engage in zombielike behaviors.
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SARS-CoV-2 is much like a zombie virus. It interferes with normal sickness behavior and blocks pain, turning its victims into unsick spreaders of the virus.
The noise from the lungs drowns out other species' calls, letting the females hear potential mates.
Courtesy of the Grass Foundation.
A marine version of the Stanford marshmallow experiment helped show cuttlefish can delay gratification.
Three nestlings beg for food, but the right-hand one is an imposter, an indigobird masquerading as a firefinch.
Claire N. Spottiswoode
Rather than constructing a nest, incubating eggs and feeding young, some birds deposit their eggs in the nests of other birds and trick them into doing the child rearing.
The brains of humans are subtly different from those of Neanderthals.
Neanderthal-human hybrid brains grown in the lab give fascinating insights into evolution.
First published 150 years ago, this work is shaped by Victorian-era sexual and racial stereotypes. But at a time when other evolutionists stressed humanity’s uniqueness, Darwin emphasised our 'lowly nature'.
Current view of the steppe mammoth, an ancestor to the woolly mammoth.
Beth Zaiken/Centre for Palaeogenetics
Our results have revolutionised the previously held view of the evolution of mammoths.
The stench was once thought to originate from plants, but scientists have now pin-pointed its true origin.
Through a bee's eyes, blue flowers are more common than you'd think — and they could be used to monitor environmental health.
Bob Nicholls Paleocreations
A reconstruction of a dinosaur's back passage reveals it may have been used for visual communication.
Medical technician Amira Doudou prepares samples at the University Hospital Institute for Infectious Diseases in Marseille, France, Jan. 13, 2021, to study the highly contagious COVID-19 variant.
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Multiple COVID-19 variants are circulating around the world and becoming more common. These mutations can alter the ability of the virus to take hold and replicate within our cells.