Fuzzy yellow bats reveal evolutionary relationships in Kenya
Thu, 12 Jul 2018 17:22:04 EDT
DNA analysis of fuzzy yellow bats in Kenya revealed at least two new species unknown to science. It's important because Africa's biodiversity is often under-studied and poorly understood, even though bats play a crucial role in agriculture and public health.
Algae have land genes
Thu, 12 Jul 2018 12:39:41 EDT
The genome of the algae species Chara braunii has been decoded. It already contains the first genetic characteristics that enabled the water plants' evolutionary transition to land.
Humans did not stem from a single ancestral population in one region of Africa
Wed, 11 Jul 2018 11:45:44 EDT
A scientific consortium has found that human ancestors were scattered across Africa, and largely kept apart by a combination of diverse habitats and shifting environmental boundaries, such as forests and deserts. Millennia of separation gave rise to a staggering diversity of human forms, whose mixing ultimately shaped our species.
Eating bone marrow played a key role in the evolution of the human hand
Wed, 11 Jul 2018 10:57:25 EDT
The strength required to access the high calorie content of bone marrow may have played a key role in the evolution of the human hand and explain why primates hands are not like ours, research has found.
Evolutionary outcomes can be predicted
Tue, 10 Jul 2018 10:17:02 EDT
Biologists show that evolutionary outcomes can be predicted.