Evolution

A fly’s eye view of evolution

The fascinating compound eyes of insects consist of hundreds of individual eyes known as "facets". In the course of evolution, an enormous variety of eye sizes and shapes has...

Fins and limbs tell evolutionary tale

About 400 million years ago, our early ancestors took their first hesitant steps out of the primordial seas...

Study sheds light on the genetic origins of the two sexes

A new study published in the journal Communications Biology has shed light on the earliest stages in the...

Tiny fossils reveal how shrinking was essential for successful evolution

A new study published in Nature shows that getting smaller was a key factor contributing to the exceptional...

Stomata – the plant pores that give us life – arise thanks to a gene called MUTE

Plants know how to do a neat trick. Through photosynthesis, they use sunlight and carbon dioxide to make...

Genome sequencing project reveals new secrets about cat evolution

Researchers at the Texas A&M School of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (VMBS) and an interdisciplinary team of collaborators have uncovered new information about...

Fruit, nectar, bugs and blood: How bat teeth and jaws evolved for diverse food sources

They don't know it, but Darwin's finches changed the world. These closely related species -- native to the Galapagos Islands -- each sport a...

Fungal evolution discovered: Mycena can now invade living hosts

Biologists have long known mushrooms of the genus Mycena, commonly known as bonnet mushrooms,as fungi that live off of dead trees and plants. New research...

Colourful primates don’t have better colour vision, study finds

Primate species with better colour vision are not more likely to have red skin or fur colouration, as previously thought. The findings, published this week...

PRC2 repressed jumping genes in ancestors of eukaryotes

The key protein complex PRC2 was discovered decades ago to silence genes, but new findings by Frederic Berger and his group at the Gregor...

Parasitic plant manipulates hosts to grow into its own flesh – An extreme example of genome shrinkage

Balanophora shed one third of its genes as it evolved into a streamlined parasitic plant -- an extreme degree of genome shrinkage even among...
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