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Evolution News
May 19, 2019

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Bedbugs -- some of the most unwanted human bed-mates -- have been parasitic companions with other species aside from humans for more than 100 million years, walking the earth ... read more
Neanderthals and modern humans diverged at least 800,000 years ago, substantially earlier than indicated by most DNA-based ... read more
Paleontologists are looking into the evolutionary origins of the whistles and squeaks that dolphins and porpoises make -- ... read more
Giant pandas are unusual in being extremely specialized herbivores that feed almost exclusively on highly fibrous bamboo, despite belonging to a clade (Carnivora) of ... read more
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The crab family just got a bunch of new cousins -- including a 95-million-year-old chimera species that will force scientists to rethink the definition of a ... read more

An ancient and rare beetle fossil is the oldest example of a social relationship between two animal ... read more

An international team of researchers presents the first observations of the development of the skull and brain in the living coelacanth Latimeria chalumnae. Their study provides new insights into the ... read more

Genetics Behind the Evolution of Flightless Birds

Based on the analysis of the genomes of more than a dozen flightless birds, including an extinct moa, researchers found that while different species show wide variety in the protein-coding portions ... read more

Palaeobiologists have uncovered new evidence that suggests that horses' legs have adapted over time to be optimized for endurance travel, rather than ... read more

The face you see in the mirror is the result of millions of years of evolution and reflects the most distinctive features that we use to identify and recognize each other, molded by our need to eat, ... read more

Researchers have uncovered the remains of a new species of human in the Philippines, proving the region played a key role in hominin evolutionary ... read more

Evolution from Water to Land Led to Better Parenting

The evolution of aquatic creatures to start living on land made them into more attentive parents, says new research on ... read more

An exceptionally preserved fossil from Herefordshire in the UK has given new insights into the early evolution of sea cucumbers. Paleontologists from the UK and USA created a 3D computer ... read more

Genetic Code of WWI Soldier's Cholera Mapped

The oldest publicly available strain of the cholera-causing bacterial species, Vibrio cholerae, has had its genetic code read for the first time. The bacterium was isolated from a British soldier ... read more

A new study suggests that the genetic profiles of two extinct mammals with African ancestry -- woolly mammoths and Neanderthals -- shared molecular characteristics of adaptation to cold ... read more

Evolution Imposes 'Speed Limit' on Recovery After Mass Extinctions

It takes at least 10 million years for life to fully recover after a mass extinction, a speed limit for the recovery of species diversity that is well known among scientists. Explanations for this ... read more

Digging Ancient Signals out of Modern Human Genomes

Trying to find ancient DNA, let alone prove that the ancient DNA is ancestral to a population living today, is extremely challenging. A new study adds to this understanding by reconstructing ... read more

Evolutionary Changes Played a Crucial Role in Industrialization

In a study of 200 years of pre-industrial Quebecois genealogical history, researchers found that fertility-related changes in natural selection during the pre-industrial era paved the way for ... read more

Cool Earth Theory Sheds More Light on Diamonds

A geologist has a new theory on the thermal evolution of Earth billions of years ago that explains why diamonds have formed as precious gemstones rather than just lumps of common ... read more

Newly Discovered Medusavirus Give New Insights on How Organisms and Viruses Co-Evolved

Researchers find a new giant virus in the hot springs of northern Japan. It's unique genetic makeup of histones and capsid proteins brings new insight into virus ... read more

Half-a-Billion-Year-Old Fossil Reveals the Origins of Comb Jellies

One of the ocean's little known carnivores has been allocated a new place in the evolutionary tree of life after scientists discovered its unmistakable resemblance with other sea-floor dwelling ... read more

North Africans Were Among the First to Colonize the Canary Islands

People from North Africa are likely the main group that founded the indigenous population on the Canary Islands, arriving by 1000 CE, reports a new ... read more

What Makes Evolution Go Backwards?

The study of evolution is revealing new complexities, showing how the traits most beneficial to the fitness of individual plants and animals are not always the ones we see in nature. Instead, new ... read more

Hepatitis B Virus Sheds Light on Ancient Human Population Movements Into Australia

Australian researchers have used hepatitis B virus genome sequences to deduce that the mainland Aboriginal population separated from other early humans at least 59,000 years ... read more

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