Public Library of Science

How predictable is evolution?

Understanding how and why diversification occurs is important for understanding why there are so many species on Earth. In a new study published on 19 February in the open access journal PLOS Biology, researchers show that s ...

Feb 19, 2013 3.6 / 5 (12) 197 | with audio podcast

Cheating favors extinction

Cooperative behaviour is widely observed in nature, but there remains the possibility that so-called 'cheaters' can exploit the system, taking without giving, with uncertain consequences for the social unit ...

Apr 30, 2013 4.1 / 5 (16) 70 | with audio podcast

Environment affects an organism's complexity

Scientists have demonstrated that organisms with greater complexity are more likely to evolve in complex environments, according to research published this week in PLOS Computational Biology. The researchers, based at Éc ...

Jan 02, 2014 4.5 / 5 (6) 4 | with audio podcast