What can we learn from dinosaur proteins?
Mon, 24 Apr 2017 14:13:56 EDT
Researchers recently confirmed it is possible to extract proteins from 80-million-year-old dinosaur bones. The discovery sparks hopes for new insights about evolution and environmental change and could even offer useful clues for drug discovery or the search for extraterrestrial life.
Origins of Indonesian Hobbits finally revealed
Fri, 21 Apr 2017 08:49:17 EDT
The most comprehensive study on the bones of Homo floresiensis, a species of tiny human discovered on the Indonesian island of Flores in 2003, has found that they most likely evolved from an ancestor in Africa and not from Homo erectus as has been widely believed.
Genetic evidence points to nocturnal early mammals
Thu, 20 Apr 2017 14:17:42 EDT
New genetic evidence suggesting that early mammals had good night-time vision adds to fossil and behavioral studies indicating that early mammals were nocturnal.
Why animals have evolved to favor one side of the brain
Wed, 19 Apr 2017 13:18:01 EDT
Most left-handers can rattle off a list of their eminent comrades-in-arms: Oprah Winfrey, Albert Einstein, and Barack Obama, just to name three, but they may want to add on cockatoos, 'southpaw' squirrels, and some house cats. But why do people and animals naturally favor one side over the other, and what does it teach us about the brain's inner workings? Researchers explore these questions in a new article.
Cave-in: How blind species evolve
Mon, 17 Apr 2017 08:59:54 EDT
Why do animals that live in caves become blind? Charles Darwin originally suggested that eyes could be lost by “disuse” over time. Now, an evolutionary biologist who wants to get to the heart of the matter may be proving Darwin wrong.