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6 Animals That Are Rapidly Evolving

We sometimes think of evolution as a thing of the past, but it continues today, especially as environmental pressures force humans and animals to …

These Fish Have Been Caught Evolving to Survive on Land

Better to be a fish out of water than a fish eaten.<p>There are fish on our planet right now that are evolving to live on land, and a new study shows …

University of New South Wales

New ideas on dinosaur evolution

Basic facts that paleontologists thought they’d known for 130 years – about dinosaurs’ family trees – might turn out to be wrong.<p>A new study – …

Paleontology

Grizzlies, polar bears evolve with climate change.

Scientists say the Arctic has undergone unusual, and increasingly rapid change over the past few decades as a result of climate change, including the appearance of the Pizzly bear — a grizzly-polar bear hybrid.<p>“There’s a lot of weird stuff going on in Alaska, and there’s a lot of weird stuff going …

Global Warming

4 Beneficial Evolutionary Mutations That Humans Are Undergoing Right Now

Most random genetic changes caused by evolution are neutral, and some are harmful, but a few turn out to be positive improvements. These beneficial …

Superwolves, new butterflies, and all the hybrid species evolving before our eyes

Native wolves had been eradicated and the forests of the eastern United States long cut down when residents of western New York first began to notice the arrival of coyotes in the 1940s.<p>The coyotes of the Rocky Mountains and Great Plains were lithe and quick, usually weighing less than 30 pounds. …

Wildlife

These hybrid animals will be created because of climate change

In 2006, a white bear with brown splotches, believed to be a hybrid of a polar bear and a grizzly, was shot by Arctic hunters. Then in 2009, a possible hybrid of a right whale and a bowhead was photographed in the Bering Sea.<p>The increased hybridization of animals is a strong indication that our …

Wildlife

The evolution of turtle neck retraction

Although the muscles of Platychelys are not preserved, the researchers were able to infer this based on the broad shape of the neck, or cervical, …

Why Pumpkins And Squashes Aren’t Extinct

The pumpkin shouldn’t exist. Nor should squashes, gourds, and courgettes. These common dinner-table vegetables are all part of a group of plants called <i>Cucurbita</i>, whose wild ancestors were deeply bitter and encased in tough rinds. They depended on large animals like mammoths to break them apart and …

Which Animals Have Barely Evolved?

Some species have managed to maintain their original looks—even over millions of years.<p>“You haven’t changed a bit!”<p>It’s nice when people lie about our Throwback Thursday pictures this way, but it’s also true that some of us stay better preserved than others.<p>David Gohman Luke wondered which animals …