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Dark Splotches on Venus Could Be Signs of Life

Venus, with its crushing atmospheric pressure and scorching surface temperatures, seems an unlikely place for life to take hold. But while the …

Astronomy

The 21 Basic Mammal Groups

Classifying a family of vertebrates as broad and diverse as mammals is a notoriously difficult undertaking: different people have different views …

Evolutionary geneticists spot natural selection happening now in people

Human evolution can seem like a phenomenon of the distant past which applies only to our ancestors living millions of years ago. But human evolution …

Mutations

3 things you probably didn’t know about humans’ ancient relationship with dogs

<b>(Britta Pedersen/AFP/Getty Images)</b><p>Here are three key scientific theories about dog-human co-evolution<p>April M. Short<p>July 28, 2017 11:50pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>Dogs were the first animal to cohabit with humans, and modern research increasingly reveals the many ways in …

Can you spot the bird in this picture? If not, evolution is not to blame

If you struggled to spot the bird in the picture above you may think you are witnessing a cunning example of evolutionary deception.<p>But, in fact, animals that rely on camouflage are so tricky to spot, not because they are superbly matched to their environment, but because they actively seek out …

Aliens in our midst

The ctenophore’s brain suggests that, if evolution began again, intelligence would re-emerge because nature repeats itself<i>By Douglas Fox</i>Read at Aeon

Evolution as Opportunist

A computational study reveals surprising flexibility hidden within metabolic networks, providing new evidence for an evolutionary concept called …

Biology

How Birds Evolved from Dinosaurs

At about six o'clock in the morning, long before light broke on a cold November day in 2014, I pushed through the Beijing station and fought my way …

A Possible Break in One of Evolution's Biggest Mysteries

Whales have a history that is among the strangest and least-understood of any animal—and barnacles might be the key to unlocking their secrets.<p>Once upon a time, before India knew Asia, when alligators sunned themselves on shores north of the Arctic Circle, a small, timid, dog-like creature …