Evolution, the International Journal of Organic Evolution, is a leading monthly scientific journal that publishes significant new results of empirical or theoretical investigations concerning facts, processes, mechanics, or concepts of evolutionary phenomena and events. Evolution is published by the Society for the Study of Evolution. Its editor is Daphne Fairbairn.
Tweaking the beak: Retracing the bird's beak to its dinosaur origins, in the laboratory
Scientists have successfully replicated the molecular processes that led from dinosaur snouts to the first bird beaks.
Evolution in action: Mate competition weeds out GM fish from population
Purdue University research found that wild-type zebrafish consistently beat out genetically modified Glofish in competition for female mates, an advantage that led to the disappearance of the transgene from ...
Species' evolutionary choice—disperse or adapt?
Dispersal and adaptation are two fundamental evolutionary strategies available to species given an environment. Generalists, like dandelions, send their offspring far and wide. Specialists, like alpine flowers, ...
Conifer study illustrates twists of evolution
A new study offers not only a sweeping analysis of how pollination has evolved among conifers but also an illustration of how evolution—far from being a straight-ahead march of progress—sometimes allows ...
Tiny wasps provide vital clue to avoiding extinction
The mating behaviour of tiny wasps could provide vital clues to how animals can protect themselves from extinction.
Love, love me do: Male beetles that have more sex are more insecure, study shows
Males that mate more often are more insecure about their social status than those mating less, according to new research on the behaviour of burying beetles.
Long-term nitrogen fertilizer use disrupts plant-microbe mutualisms
When exposed to nitrogen fertilizer over a period of years, nitrogen-fixing bacteria called rhizobia evolve to become less beneficial to legumes - the plants they normally serve, researchers report in a new ...
Study shows parasites may resort to sabotage if there are conflicting interests with a host
Evolution continues despite low mortality and fertility rates in the modern world
Charles Darwin's theory on evolution still holds true despite lower mortality and fertility rates in the modern world, according to new research by the University of Sheffield.
Predators and isolation shape the evolution of 'island tameness,' providing conservation insights
Charles Darwin noted more than 150 years ago that animals on the Galapagos Islands, including finches and marine iguanas, were more docile than mainland creatures. He attributed this tameness to the fact ...
Status shift for whale pelvic bones
For decades, scientists assumed that the relatively small pelvic bones found in whales were simple remnants of their land-dwelling past, "useless vestiges" that served no real purpose, akin to the human appendix ...
Whale sex: It's all in the hips
(Phys.org) —Both whales and dolphins have pelvic (hip) bones, evolutionary remnants from when their ancestors walked on land more than 40 million years ago. Common wisdom has long held that those bones ...
Getting a jump on plant-fungal interactions
Fungal plant pathogens may need more flexible genomes in order to fully benefit from associating with their hosts. Transposable elements are commonly found with genes involved in symbioses.
Should we listen to our genes, or does mother know best?
Breaking the mould of inherited family characteristics could help you survive in a fast-changing world, scientists have discovered.
'Stingy' males looking for sex unpopular with females, says insect study
(Phys.org) —When it comes to the insect world, males who expect sex - without first bothering to 'wine and dine' their partner - are likely to get a good kicking from angry females, says a new University ...