The Nobel Prize-winning Luria−Delbrück experiment showed that random mutations in bacteria can allow them to develop resistance by chance.
From sacrificial bark to fire-germinating gumnuts to stealthy buds the eucalyptus has evolved an arsenal of protective measures.
Understanding how the ageing of sperm works in other animals is more important than ever as human male fertility is in decline.
Cane toads are evolving as they spread across Australia. Parasitic lungworms are becoming more infectious to keep up.
The ermine moth’s wing structures are fascinating because they rely on a mechanism we teach our engineering students to avoid
The Isle of Skye has a rich palaeontological heritage, so perhaps it’s no surprise scientists made an important discovery there.
Flowers tend to stand out against a natural background. A new study shows this contrast evolved in a key relationship with their most famous pollinators – bees.
Being susceptible to visual illusions is part and parcel of life not just for humans, but many other species – including bees.
The evolution of sexual behaviour is a long and complicated tale. Taking a long view involves a degree of speculation.
Did the enormous West Antarctic Ice Sheet collapse the last time global temperatures were 1.5°C above preindustrial levels? The answer lay in the DNA of an octopus.
Our mammal ancestors evolved to compete with dinosaurs but may have lost something in the process.
A newly described fossil from South Australia is making waves in our understanding of where and when whales evolved titanic body sizes.
The human brain uses up 20% of the energy we consume.
Inflammation could be the missing puzzle piece.
Two dental experts explain that these furthest-back molars may be a not-so-necessary leftover from early human evolution.
For decades, scientists have tried to uncover the cause of long-term changes in Earth’s biodiversity. New simulations point at geography playing a critical role.
From dark dragonflies becoming paler to plants flowering earlier, some species are slowly evolving with the climate. Evolutionary biologists explain why few will evolve fast enough.
Rapidly changing temperatures and sensory environments are challenging the nervous systems of many species. Animals will be forced to evolve to survive.
‘Assembly theory’ aims to explain evolution without biology. Is it a dazzling breakthrough or an attempt to answer questions nobody asked?
Researchers discovered a satellite virus latching onto the neck of another virus called MindFlayer. Studying the viral arms race between similar viruses could lead to new ways to fight infections.