Evolution

250-million-year-old evolutionary remnants seen in muscles of human embryos

A team of evolutionary biologists, led by Dr. Rui Diogo at Howard University, USA, and writing in the journal Development, have demonstrated that numerous atavistic limb muscles - known...

Early rice farmers unwittingly selected for weedy imposters

Early rice growers unwittingly gave barnyard grass a big hand, helping to give root to a rice imitator...

Interstellar seeds could create oases of life

We only have one example of a planet with life: Earth. But within the next generation, it should...

When did flowers originate?

Flowering plants likely originated between 149 and 256 million years ago according to new UCL-led research. Passion flower The...

Team discovers a new approach to unveil the Origin of Life: Evaporation

What is the origin of life? It is a question that has consumed the work and time of...

You say tomato, these scientists say evolutionary mystery

Biologists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have found evidence for evolutionary "syndromes" -- sets of traits that occur together -- that help to...

Pioneering research sheds surprising new light on evolution of plant kingdom

A new study has uncovered intriguing insights into the evolution of plant biology, effectively rewriting the history of how they evolved over the past...

Study illuminates mechanism that annotates genetic information passed from fathers to offspring

Van Andel Institute scientists and collaborators have identified a key part of a mechanism that annotates genetic information before it is passed from fathers...

Life on Earth didn’t arise as described in textbooks

No, oxygen didn't catalyze the swift blossoming of Earth's first multicellular organisms. The result defies a 70-year-old assumption about what caused an explosion of...

Genes for learning and memory are 650 million years old, study shows

A team of scientists led by researchers from the University of Leicester have discovered that the genes required for learning, memory, aggression and other...

‘Lava lamp’ vesicles show how cells could self-organize

The inside of a living cell is crowded with large, complex molecules. New research on how these molecules could spontaneously organize themselves could further...
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