Biology - Evolution news

Time in a bottle: Scientists watch evolution unfold

A 21-year Michigan State University experiment that distills the essence of evolution in laboratory flasks not only demonstrates natural selection at work, but could lead to biotechnology and medical research ...

Oct 18, 2009
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Evolutionary biology: Why cattle only have two toes

During evolutionary diversification of vertebrate limbs, the number of toes in even-toed ungulates such as cattle and pigs was reduced and transformed into paired hooves. Scientists at the University of Basel have identified ...

Jun 18, 2014
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Evolution is not a one-way road towards complexity

There are still a lot of unanswered questions about mollusks, e.g. snails, slugs and mussels. The research group of Andreas Wanninger, Head of the Department of Integrative Zoology of the University of Vienna, ...

Oct 18, 2013
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Researchers map 'fly tree of life'

Calling it the "new periodic table for flies," researchers at North Carolina State University and collaborators across the globe have mapped the evolutionary history of flies, providing a framework for further comparative ...

Mar 14, 2011
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Butterfly study sheds light on convergent evolution

For 150 years scientists have been trying to explain convergent evolution. One of the best-known examples of this is how poisonous butterflies from different species evolve to mimic each other's color patterns – in effect ...

Jul 21, 2011
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Complexity not so costly after all, analysis shows

The more complex a plant or animal, the more difficulty it should have adapting to changes in the environment. That's been a maxim of evolutionary theory since biologist Ronald Fisher put forth the idea in 1930.

Sep 27, 2010
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