Evolution

Whales are the largest animals on Earth. Now we know why they got so big

You have the privilege of sharing the planet with the largest animal that ever lived on Earth.<p>The great blue whale, which can be found in every ocean around the globe, is bigger than any dinosaur you’ve seen in a museum.<p>It can weigh as much as 24 elephants, and can grow up to two school buses in …

Oceans

How Mastiffs Became the World’s Top Dogs

With its shaggy ruff and enormous stature, the mastiff is the most adorable giant to thrive in the thin air of the Tibetan Plateau, where the average …

Life Sciences

We May Be on the Brink of a New Age in Human Evolution

Accelerating Evolution<p>Very soon, we could witness an acceleration in human evolution like never seen before, argues Caleb Sharf, director of …

Singularity

Social Network In Monkey Brains Is Clue To Evolution Of Human Mind

Monkey brains have sections dedicated solely to social interactions, a new finding that researchers say could help us better understand the human …

The Brain

How Demands of Female Birds Changed the DNA of a Species

Darwin’s finches, those little birds in the Galápagos with beaks of different sizes and shapes, were instrumental in the development of the theory of evolution.<p>Similar birds had large and small beaks and beaks in between, all related to what kinds of insects and seeds they ate. From one ancestor, …

Why whales grew big

A new study shows how baleen whales, some of the largest animals ever known to exist on Earth, were able to get so big — and, in evolutionary terms, …

Oceans

Volunteers help astronomers find star that exploded 970 million years ago, predating the dinosaurs

Online volunteers, including a woman from Belgium and a Scottish man, have helped astronomers at The Australian National University (ANU) find a star …

Universe

How do blind cavefish find their way? The answer could be in their bones

"Our lab really tries to avoid taking any animals from nature," Gross said.<p>Mexican cavefish also are raised as a popular aquarium pet.<p>The skulls of …

Biology

Fossil discovery delivers blow to 'Out of Africa' theory

A fossilized tooth belonging to an ape-like creature that roamed Bulgaria 7.2 million years ago could rewrite history as we know it.<p>Scientists say …

Life Sciences

The origins of the human spine might have just been found in a 3.3-million-year-old fossil

Recent analysis of a 3.3-million-year-old hominin fossil found back in 2000 has provided researchers with the most complete spinal column of any early human relative — and gives us a unique snapshot of a crucial transition point as our early ancestors evolved towards bipedalism.<p>According to the …

Life Sciences

Origins of humans can be traced back to Europe, not Africa, study claims

"While great apes typically have two or three separate and diverging roots, the roots of Graecopithecus converge and are partially fused - a feature …

Life Sciences

50 Million Years of Whale Evolution in 1 Minute

Jordan Collver, an illustrator and science communicator in the U.K., was thinking about Darwin—specifically, about our inability to conceptualize the …

Life Sciences

Gallup: Belief God created humans at record low

May 23 (UPI) -- A record-low percentage of U.S. adults believe that God created humans in their present form, according to a Gallup …

Creationism

The best way to get children to understand evolution is to teach genetics first, finds study

Evolution is one of the trickiest subjects to teach – and not just because some people find it controversial. The ideas are subtle and the language …

Teaching

The face of evolution | Exit | DW | 23.05.2017

British artist Emma Allen draws the evolution of the human face for the camera: from the single cell to the Neanderthal to digital man.

Life Sciences

7.2-million-year-old pre-human remains found in the Balkans: New hypothesis about the origin of humankind suggests oldest hominin lived in Europe

New hypothesis about the origin of humankind suggests oldest hominin lived in Europe<p>Scientists analyzing 7.2 million-year-old fossils uncovered in …

Life Sciences

Genetic mutation trade-offs lead to parallel evolution

Organisms in nature adapt and evolve in complex environments. For example, when subjected to changes in nutrients, antibiotics, and predation, …

Biology

3.3 million-year-old fossil shows age of our spines

The fossilized remains of an early human child—named "Selam" by researchers—reveal the structure of the human spine is much older than once believed.

Biology

Conservationists Could Be Saving More Biodiversity in Less Space

The Cuban solenodon, a nocturnal, football-sized mammal that resembles a chunky shrew, has an abundance of peculiar qualities. It has a long cartilaginous snout and venomous saliva, which it uses to catch and kill insects and worms. It has terrible eyesight and may be capable of echolocation. The …

Ecology

​History rewritten, with Europe the birthplace of mankind

It looks like we humans may have evolved from an ape-like creature found in Bulgaria and Greece, not Africa.<p>The history of human evolution continues to evolve.<p>Up until now, experts have believed human lineage split from apes some 7 million years ago in Africa. But now scientists have traced the …

Life Sciences

Scientists find 7.2-million-year-old pre-human remains in the Balkans

The lower jaw, nicknamed 'El Graeco' by the scientists, has additional dental root features, suggesting that the species <i>Graecopithecus freybergi</i> …

Life Sciences

The Human Nose Knows More Than We Think

The smell of coffee may urge you out of bed in the morning, and the perfume of blooming lilacs in the spring is divine. But you do not see police …

The Brain

Why whales grew to such monster sizes

Scientists tackle long-standing mystery

Oceans

Hottest lavas that erupted in past 2.5 billion years revealed: The study brings new, unprecedented evidence on the thermal evolution of the deep Earth

The study brings new, unprecedented evidence on the thermal evolution of the deep Earth<p>Deep portions of Earth's mantle might be as hot as it was more …

Earth Science

This Is What Humans Could Look Like in 1,000 Years

<b>We never stopped evolving.</b><p>Humans are still evolving, So, where will evolution take us in 1,000 years? Chances are we'll be taller. Humans have …

Machine Learning

Turns Out Nazis Have Some Pretty Wrong Views About Genetics

Naturally, DNA tells a more complicated story, and a new article in <i>Science</i> by Ann Gibbons very usefully punctures a bunch of myths, some of them …

Anthropology

Vouivria Is The New Dinosaur That Explains Where Brachiosaurus Came From

The biggest, tallest, and heaviest animals to ever walk the earth were the dinosaurs known as titanosauriformes. (Come on—"titan" is right in the …

Dinosaurs

The Battle to Teach Evolution in Public Schools Is Far From Over

The Monkey Law<p>In 1925, a high school science teacher named John Scopes was arrested, tried, and convicted of the crime of teaching evolution to his …

Education

A peacock's tail: how Darwin arrived at his theory of sexual selection

How Darwin developed the radical idea of females’ power to choose their mates despite it being at odds with his own notions of women as inferior<p>About 150 years ago, and “almost a lifetime” either side, Charles Darwin was beleaguered by the problem of the peacock’s tail. Just the sight of a feather, …

Life Sciences

What Does it Mean to Be a Species? Genetics is Changing the Answer

For Charles Darwin, "species" was an undefinable term, "one arbitrarily given for the sake of convenience to a set of individuals closely resembling …

Life Sciences