Evolution

The Evolutionary Origins Of Skin

Mammals living in diverse types of environments, from ocean swimmers to mountain dwellers, have a diverse variety of protective skins adapted to the elements and now one of the largest comparative genomic studies to help determine the key molecular and evo ...

Article - News Staff - Aug 7 2019 - 8:44am

Pig Paradox: Hogs Were Domesticated In The Near East So Should Genetically Resemble Near Eastern Wild Boar. They Do Not.

Ancient pigs went through a complete genomic turnover after they arrived in Europe, according to a new study. They were domesticated in the Near East and logically would genetically resemble the Near East wild boar from which they derived, but they do not. ...

Article - News Staff - Aug 12 2019 - 5:49pm

Crocodiles Don't Clean Their Teeth, They Get Rid Of Them And Grow New Ones

Having one of the most powerful bites in the animal kingdom, crocodiles must be able to bite hard to eat their food such as turtles, wildebeest and other large prey.  Well, so do we, but we don't have exceptionally tough teeth and neither do crocodile ...

Article - News Staff - Aug 22 2019 - 9:07am

MRD-VP-1/1: The Face Of Lucy's Ancestor, Australopithecus Anamensis, 3.8 Million Years Ago

Discovery of a "remarkably complete" cranium  (MRD-VP-1/1, shortened to MRD) in February 2016 from a 3.8-million-year-old early human ancestor from the Woranso-Mille paleontological site, located in the Afar region of Ethiopia, represents a time ...

Article - News Staff - Aug 28 2019 - 2:32pm

Amino Acids: 1 In A Billion Or Was Biology's Optimal 'Molecular Alphabet' Preordained?

One of biology's most fundamental sets of building blocks may have special properties that helped bootstrap itself into its modern form- or it may be "cui bono?" thinking where people find an event, find a fact, and assume the fact caused th ...

Article - News Staff - Sep 11 2019 - 9:01am

Denizens Of Deep Seas And Deep Time: Part 3: The Vampire Squid

Its deep velvety black colour, huge red eyes and a webbing of skin connecting eight arms earned this animal the name Vampyroteuthis infernalis, which literally translated means ‘Vampire squid from hell’. It is a small, deep-sea animal, neither an octopus ...

Article - Sarda Sahney - Oct 8 2019 - 10:08pm

Blood Is A Terrible Food Source- Yet Vampire Bats Thrive On It. Here's Why.

It sounds gross to humans- unless you read those "Twilight" books in which case maybe it's sexy- but a lot of animals consume blood.  That's right, even your cat familiar.  The question is why? Blood is actually a poor source of energy. ...

Article - News Staff - Oct 8 2019 - 10:15pm

What Is Sex For? It Depends On Our Vantage Point

Few topics arouse as much interest and controversy as sex. This is hardly surprising. The biological continuance of the species hinges on it – if human beings stopped having sex, there would soon be no more human beings. Popular culture overflows with sex ...

Article - The Conversation - Oct 23 2019 - 9:09am