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Switching to Farming Made Human Joint Bones Lighter
A more fragile skeleton evolved about 12,000 years ago, probably driven by a shift from hunting to agriculture
Evolution
Source: Smithsonian
Posted on: Tuesday, Dec 23, 2014, 4:53am
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Dragonflies anticipate their prey's flight path
Lock-on, orientate, pursue, pounce, dinner. For the first time, an insect has been shown to capture moving prey predictively
Evolution
Source: New Scientist
Posted on: Thursday, Dec 11, 2014, 7:59am
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Spider-style sensor for vibrations
By copying organs found in spiders’ legs, engineers build a sensor that can detect tiny vibrations, including speech and blood flow.
Evolution
Source: BBC News
Posted on: Thursday, Dec 11, 2014, 7:59am
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Blood-Squirting Lizards and More Awesome Reptiles and Amphibians
I remember my first newt fondly. I named him Gingrich, because I grew up in the ‘90s and I thought I was clever—so sue me. When he died, I buried him in the backyard, lacking the means to preserve him so I might remember him properly.
Evolution
Source: Wired
Posted on: Thursday, Dec 11, 2014, 7:59am
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Moving objects make hummingbirds wobble mid-flight
Immersing hummingbirds in virtual reality is revealing that they are surprisingly sensitive to a moving view
Evolution
Source: New Scientist
Posted on: Wednesday, Dec 10, 2014, 7:38am
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Our Ability To Digest Alcohol May Have Been Key To Our Survival
Our primate ancestors could consume alcohol 10 million years ago in the form of fermented fruit, researchers have discovered. The finding suggests that our relationship with alcohol is ancient.
Evolution
Source: NPR
Posted on: Thursday, Dec 04, 2014, 6:50am
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Geckos Have a Surprisingly Strong Death Grip
Gecko toes remain firmly stuck in place even after the animal dies, implying that the lizards do not actively control their clinginess
Evolution
Source: Smithsonian
Posted on: Wednesday, Dec 03, 2014, 8:13am
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HIV evolves into less deadly form
A form of HIV that first hit in the 1980s now seems slower and less aggressive, suggesting that the virus may be evolving to be less fatal
Evolution
Source: New Scientist
Posted on: Tuesday, Dec 02, 2014, 7:45am
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A Field Guide to the Strange and Surprising World of Beetles
How cute it is that we humans think we rule the planet, that somehow we’re the pinnacle of evolution. In reality, it’s the arthropods—ants and spiders and scorpions and such—that truly hold dominion over Earth. And there are no arthropods as successful, as diverse, and as woefully underappreciated as the beetles.
Animals
Source: Wired
Posted on: Tuesday, Dec 02, 2014, 7:45am
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Deep Water Shrimp Offer Evidence of Life on Inhospitable Planets
The tiny shrimp survive without sunlight and crawl within an inch of boiling hot waters
Evolution
Source: TIME Magazine
Posted on: Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014, 8:24am
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Top 5 Reasons Creationism Is An Assault On Science: By Bill Nye
Bill Nye takes on creationism in his new book, "Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation." He stopped by CBS to make his case in an op-ed.
Evolution
Source: CBSNews
Posted on: Wednesday, Nov 12, 2014, 8:51am
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Limb cells 'can turn into genitals'
A new study offers insights into the genetic changes that allowed land-dwelling animals to develop sex organs.
Evolution
Source: BBC News
Posted on: Thursday, Nov 06, 2014, 8:17am
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Low oxygen 'delayed life on Earth'
Animals took so long to evolve and thrive on Earth because of incredibly low levels of oxygen during a period more than a billion years ago, scientists say.
Evolution
Source: BBC News
Posted on: Friday, Oct 31, 2014, 8:41am
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Monster shark 'kept whales in check'
The extinction of the biggest shark known to science may have triggered whales to grow to their current hefty sizes, a study suggests.
Evolution
Source: BBC News
Posted on: Friday, Oct 24, 2014, 8:16am
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A life spent chasing down how whales evolved
The intriguing story of how whale evolution was unpicked is told in The Walking Whales, revealing what it's like to be a globe-trotting palaeontologist
Marine Biology
Source: New Scientist
Posted on: Wednesday, Oct 15, 2014, 8:10am
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Found: closest link to Eve, our universal ancestor
A man who died in 315 BC in southern Africa is the closest relative yet known to humanity's common female ancestor – mitochondrial Eve
Evolution
Source: New Scientist
Posted on: Thursday, Oct 09, 2014, 9:15am
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Cerebellum's growth spurt turned monkeys into humans
As the first apes evolved into chimps and humans, it seems the cerebellum grew faster than the rest of the brain, giving us uniquely human traits and skills
Evolution
Source: New Scientist
Posted on: Friday, Oct 03, 2014, 9:27am
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If the World Started Over, Would Life Evolve the Same Way?
In his fourth-floor lab at Harvard University, Michael Desai has created hundreds of identical worlds in order to watch evolution at work. Each of his meticulously controlled environments is home to a separate strain of baker’s yeast.
Microbiology
Source: Wired
Posted on: Friday, Oct 03, 2014, 9:27am
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Daddy Longlegs Have a Secret Hunting Weapon: Glue
In a new study published in the Journal of Experimental Biology, scientists have discovered that harvestmen have a hidden hunting skill: catching prey using their glue-coated forelimbs.
Evolution
Source: Wired
Posted on: Thursday, Oct 02, 2014, 9:51am
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One hundred and one monarch genomes reveal surprising history of this long-distant migrant
Muscle proteins make monarchs orange, efficient flyers
Evolution
Source: Science
Posted on: Wednesday, Oct 01, 2014, 2:36pm
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Mother's ex can affect future offspring
Researchers have discovered a new form of non-genetic inheritance in insects
Evolution
Source: CBSNews
Posted on: Wednesday, Oct 01, 2014, 2:36pm
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African fish nourish Amazon
The Amazon rainforest is being fertilised by the remains of ancient fish blown in by great duststorms from Africa.
Evolution
Source: BBC News
Posted on: Thursday, Sep 25, 2014, 8:26am
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Pseudoscience I was taught at a UK creationist school
Four British universities recognise a qualification from creationist schools teaching that evolution is a hoax and electricity can be generated from snow
Evolution
Source: TheGuardian
Posted on: Thursday, Sep 25, 2014, 8:26am
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More women than men have added their DNA to the human gene pool
Counter intuitive effect may be the result of relatively few men mating with multiple women
Evolution
Source: TheGuardian
Posted on: Wednesday, Sep 24, 2014, 10:20am
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Study: Narwhal Tusk Size Correlates With Testicle Size and Fertility
Is that a giant tooth on your head or are you just happy to see me?
Evolution
Source: TIME Magazine
Posted on: Tuesday, Sep 23, 2014, 8:48am
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Zoologger: Ants fight dirty in turf war with spiders
In the forests of eastern Australia, a squadron of social spiders faces off against an army of the world's most dangerous ants in a pitched battle for survival
Evolution
Source: New Scientist
Posted on: Friday, Sep 19, 2014, 8:10am
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Europe's Family Tree Gets A New Branch
Genetic evidence from ancient humans and modern people suggests that travelers from northern Eurasia moved south several thousand years ago. They stuck around to have kids with early European farmers.
Evolution
Source: NPR
Posted on: Thursday, Sep 18, 2014, 7:48am
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This Bizarre Organism Builds Itself a New Genome Every Time It Has Sex
Oxytricha trifallax lives in ponds all over the world. Under an electron microscope it looks like a football adorned with tassels. The tiny fringes are the cilia it uses to move around and gobble up algae. What makes Oxytricha unusual, however, is the crazy things it does with its DNA.
Evolution
Source: Wired
Posted on: Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014, 7:20am
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'Third eye' helps sea turtles sense changes in seasons
Thin area of skull allows light into brain
Evolution
Source: Science
Posted on: Friday, Sep 12, 2014, 12:00pm
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Squirrel-like Jurassic critters shed light on mammal origins
It may not have been the friendliest place for furry little creatures, but three newly identified squirrel-like mammals thrived in the trees of the Jurassic Period, with dinosaurs walking below and flying reptiles soaring above.
Evolution
Source: Reuters
Posted on: Thursday, Sep 11, 2014, 9:46am
Rating: | Views: 143 | Comments: 0
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