Evolution

Ants self-medicate to fight disease

We humans have been using self-medication to cure the illnesses since the dawn of our species. There is some evidence that also other animals can exhibit this type of behavior, but the evidence has been hard to come by.

dateAug 24, 2015 in Evolution
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How bird evolution swapped snouts for beaks

Birds are among the most successful creatures on the planet, with more than 10,000 species living across the globe, occupying a dizzying array of niches and eating everything from large animals to hard-to-open nuts and seeds.

dateAug 19, 2015 in Evolution
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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, adapt to the ...

dateApr 28, 2015 in Evolution
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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 for longstanding ...

dateApr 27, 2015 in Evolution
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