Biology - Evolution news

New species appear to arise from sudden changes

(Phys.org)—Folmer Bokma, researcher at Umeå University, explains that living species have a limited ability to adapt to the environment. His results suggest that species do not change gradually, as the modern evolutionary ...

Feb 19, 2013 3.8 / 5 (13) 11 | with audio podcast

Study of giant viruses shakes up tree of life

A new study of giant viruses supports the idea that viruses are ancient living organisms and not inanimate molecular remnants run amok, as some scientists have argued. The study reshapes the universal family ...

Sep 13, 2012 4.8 / 5 (24) 2 | with audio podcast

A new glimpse into ancient human history

Analyzing DNA from four ancient skeletons and comparing it with thousands of genetic samples from living humans, a group of Scandinavian scientists reported that agriculture initially spread through Europe because farmers ...

Apr 30, 2012 5 / 5 (11) 1

Evolutionary question, answered

A new paper published in the Royal Society’s Biology Letters journal, shows that early experimental studies of the peppered moth, as taught to many American high school students, are “completely cor ...

Feb 28, 2012 4.7 / 5 (20) 56 | with audio podcast