Updated : Oct 31, 2019 in Research Articles

Vampire bats give a little help to their “friends”

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Vampire bats could be said to be sort of like people – not because of their blood-sucking ways, but because they help…

Updated : Oct 23, 2019 in Research Articles

Bacterial Lifestyle Steers the Evolution of Antibiotic Resistance

PITTSBURGH, Oct. 23, 2019 – How bacteria live — whether as independent cells or in a communal biofilm — determines how they evolve antibiotic resistance,…

Updated : Oct 16, 2019 in Research Articles

A secret in our saliva: Food and germs helped humans evolve into unique member of great apes

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Two million years of eating meat and cooked food may have helped humans shift further from other great apes on the evolutionary…

Updated : Oct 15, 2019 in Research Articles

Piranha fish swap old teeth for new simultaneously

FROM: Michelle Ma University of Washington 206-543-2580 [email protected] (NOTE: Researcher contact information at end) For Immediate Release Oct. 15, 2019   Piranha fish swap old…

Updated : Sep 10, 2019 in Feature

Microbial Evolution: Nature Leads, Nurture Supports

The Science To better predict how microbes influence how much carbon moves through the water, air, and land, scientists want to compare the influence of…

Updated : Sep 04, 2019 in Uncategorized

Denisovan finger bone more closely resembles modern human digits than Neanderthals

Scientists have identified the missing part of a finger bone fragment from the Denisova Cave in southern Siberia, revealing that Denisovans--an early human population discovered…

Updated : Sep 04, 2019 in Uncategorized

Death march of segmented animal unravels critical evolutionary puzzle

The death march of a segmented bilaterian animal unearthed from ~550-million-year-old rocks in China shows that the oldest mobile and segmented animals evolved by the…

Updated : Sep 03, 2019 in Uncategorized

New whale species discovered along the coast of Hokkaido

A new beaked whale species Berardius minimus, which has been long postulated by local whalers in Hokkaido, Japan, has been confirmed. In a collaboration between…

Updated : Sep 03, 2019 in Uncategorized

Why fruit flies eat practically anything

Japan -- Say hello to the common fruit fly: a regular guest in all our homes, feasting on that banana peel you tossed into the…

Updated : Sep 03, 2019 in Uncategorized

ERC Starting Grant for MDC scientist Jane Reznick

Learning from naked mole-rats is key to Jane Reznick's research into new therapies for heart disease and strokes. She has now been awarded an ERC…

Updated : Sep 03, 2019 in Uncategorized

Two ERC Starting Grant for the University of Konstanz

Announced today, 3 September 2019, by the European Research Council (ERC), the prominent grant - which includes 1.5 million euros in funding over the next…

Updated : Sep 03, 2019 in Uncategorized

Slowed metabolism helps migrating geese soar

Researchers have shed new light on how some geese can fly high for long periods of time, according to a study published today in eLife…

Updated : Sep 03, 2019 in Uncategorized

Comparing primate vocalizations

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The utterances of Old World monkeys, some of our primate cousins, may be more sophisticated than previously realized -- but even so,…

Updated : Sep 03, 2019 in Uncategorized

Undercover evolution

Providing a glimpse the hidden workings of evolution, a group of researchers at UC Santa Barbara have discovered that embryos that appear the same can…

Updated : Sep 03, 2019 in Uncategorized

Sexual selection influences the evolution of lamprey pheromones

In "Intra- and Interspecific Variation in Production of Bile Acids that Act As Sex Pheromones in Lampreys," published in Physiological and Biochemical Zoology , Tyler…

Updated : Sep 03, 2019 in Uncategorized

Tropical sea snake uses its head to ‘breathe’

Humans use a snorkel and fish have gills. Now researchers have found a sea snake which uses a complex system of blood vessels in its…

Updated : Sep 03, 2019 in Uncategorized

Remora-inspired suction disk mimics fish’s adhesion ability, offers evolutionary insight

Remora fishes are famed hitchhikers of the marine world, possessing high-powered suction disks on the back of their head for attaching themselves in torpedo-like fashion…

Updated : Sep 02, 2019 in Uncategorized

Toxic frogs with weak defenses persist in the gene pool alongside stronger competitors

Diversity is a hallmark of life and it shows up in unexpected places. A multi-national team of evolutionary biologists investigated how two types of poison…

Updated : Aug 30, 2019 in Uncategorized

Daisies that close at night have camouflaged petals to protect them from herbivores

Researchers from Stellenbosch University, South Africa found that tortoises, one of the main herbivores of the daisies, were unable to distinguish the lower petal surfaces…

Updated : Aug 29, 2019 in Uncategorized

Extreme mangrove corals found on the Great Barrier Reef

The first documented discovery of "extreme corals" in mangrove lagoons around Australia's Great Barrier Reef is yielding important information about how corals deal with environmental…

Updated : Aug 28, 2019 in Uncategorized

A 3.8-million-year-old fossil from Ethiopia reveals the face of Lucy’s ancestor

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (Aug 28) -- Cleveland Museum of Natural History Curator and Case Western Reserve University Adjunct Professor Dr. Yohannes Haile-Selassie and his team…

Updated : Aug 28, 2019 in Uncategorized

A face for Lucy’s ancestor

The 3.8 million-year-old fossil cranium represents a time interval between 4.1 and 3.6 million years ago, when A. anamensis gave rise to A. afarensis .…

Updated : Aug 27, 2019 in Uncategorized

The making of ‘Fancy Mouse’

For the past few hundred years, the colorful hair and unique patterns of the so-called "Fancy Mouse" have made them the stars of pet shows…

Updated : Aug 27, 2019 in Uncategorized

How worms snare their hosts

Acanthocephala are parasitic worms that reproduce in the intestines of various animals, including fish. However, only certain species of fish are suitable as hosts. A…

Updated : Aug 26, 2019 in Uncategorized

Monster tumbleweed: Invasive new species is here to stay

A new species of gigantic tumbleweed once predicted to go extinct is not only here to stay -- it's likely to expand its territory. The…

Updated : Aug 26, 2019 in Uncategorized

Filter-feeding pterosaurs were the flamingos of the Late Jurassic

Modern flamingoes employ filter feeding and their feces are, as a result, rich in remains of microscopically-small aquatic prey. Very similar contents are described from…

Updated : Aug 26, 2019 in Uncategorized

New research predicts stability of mosquito-borne disease prevention

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.--To reduce transmission of dengue to humans, scientists have introduced Wolbachia bacteria to A. aegypti mosquitoes. Now a team of international researchers has…

Updated : Aug 26, 2019 in Uncategorized

To stop mosquito-transmitted illnesses, pay attention to how humans behave: study

Targeting the mosquito population within a defined area is the primary way scientists and public health officials mitigate the spread of diseases caused by viruses…

Updated : Aug 26, 2019 in Uncategorized

How the herring adapted to the light environment in the Baltic Sea

The evolutionary process that occurs when a species colonizes a new environment provides an opportunity to explore the mechanisms underlying genetic adaptation, which is essential…

Updated : Aug 23, 2019 in Uncategorized

Evolution designed by parasites

While analyzing interactions between parasites and hosts, a substantial amount of research has been devoted to studying the methods parasitic organisms use to control host…

Updated : Aug 22, 2019 in Uncategorized

Bacterial sex drives evolution of microbes to conquer and colonize the gut

In a pioneer study now published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science - USA , led by Isabel Gordo research team, from the…

Updated : Aug 21, 2019 in Uncategorized

Mosquitoes push northern limits with time-capsule eggs to survive winters

When the Asian tiger mosquito ( Aedes albopictus ) arrived in the United States in the 1980s, it took the invasive blood-sucker only one year…

Updated : Aug 21, 2019 in Uncategorized

Memory research: Fruit flies learn their body size once for an entire lifetime

In order to orient themselves and survive in their environment, animals must develop a concept of their own body size. Researchers at Johannes Gutenberg University…

Updated : Aug 02, 2019 in Research Articles

Pre-Life Building Blocks Spontaneously Align in Evolutionary Experiment

When Earth was a lifeless planet about 4 billion years ago, chemical components came together in tiny molecular chains that would later evolve into proteins,…