Tag: Evolution

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28 Years Of Penguin Data Show Natural Selection At Work

28 Years Of Penguin Data Show Natural Selection At Work by James Urton-Washington Biologists of all stripes attest to evolution, but have debated its details since Darwin’s day. Since changes arise and take hold slowly over many generations, it’s a […]

A Nose By Any Other Name, It’s Your Nose

A Nose By Any Other Name, It’s Your Nose

Scientists are confidant that they have isolated the gene(s) responsible for nose shape, which essentially rubbishes past theories about nose shape being more an evolutionary thing than simply a trigger activated in the womb. University College London leads nose shape […]

Scientists Explain How Giraffes Got Long Necks

Scientists Explain How Giraffes Got Long Necks

Scientists have managed to sequence the genome of giraffes, and now have an explanation for their long necks. The big surprise is that there were only a few mutations necessary to give the creature its distinctive physiology. Giraffes can reach up […]

Darwin’s Finches Still Have Evolving Beaks

Darwin’s Finches Still Have Evolving Beaks

The most characteristic feature of Darwin’s finches is the diversification of beak morphology that has allowed these species to expand their utilization of food resources in the Galápagos archipelago. A team of scientists from Uppsala University and Princeton University has […]

Hobbit Human Ancestors Extinct Earlier Than Thought

Hobbit Human Ancestors Extinct Earlier Than Thought

A set of strange fossils of human ancestors described as a “hobbit” were discovered more than ten years ago on the Indonesian island of Flores. They showed a bizarrely small species of human, later christened Homo floresiensis. They were later nicknamed the […]

Scientists Make A Chick With Dinosaur Legs

Scientists Make A Chick With Dinosaur Legs

A team of researchers has created a chicken embryo which later developed feet like those of a dinosaur using genetic manipulation. It may sound like the plot of a bad B-movie, and a potential recipe for disaster, but in fact […]

Scientists Say These Snails Fly Through Water

Scientists Say These Snails Fly Through Water

A team of researchers say that members of a species of gelatinous snail known as sea butterflies flap their wings in order to swim through Arctic waters. The study, led by postdoctoral researcher David Murphy of Johns Hopkins, looked at […]