Bigfoot genome sequenced? There are skeptics
Unique microbes found in extreme environment
Researchers who were looking for organisms that eke out a living in some of the most inhospitable soils on Earth have found a hardy few. A new DNA analysis of rocky soils in the martian-like landscape on some ...
Polar bear evolution tracked climate change, new DNA study suggests
A whole-genome analysis suggests that polar bear numbers waxed and waned with climate change, and that the animals may have interbred with brown bears since becoming a distinct species millions of years ago.
Researchers identifies gene associated with eczema in dogs
A novel gene associated with canine atopic dermatitis has been identified by a team of researchers led by professors Kerstin Lindblad-Toh, Uppsala university and Åke Hedhammar, SLU, Sweden. The gene encodes a protein called ...
Indonesian 'Eves' colonised Madagascar 1,200 years ago
Several dozen Indonesian women founded the colonisation of Madagascar 1,200 years ago, scientists said on Wednesday in a probe into one of the strangest episodes in the human odyssey.
World's rarest whale seen for the first time
A whale that is almost unknown to science has been seen for the first time after two individuals—a mother and her male calf—were stranded and died on a New Zealand beach. A report in the November 6th ...
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 ...
What did our ancestors look like?
A new method of establishing hair and eye colour from modern forensic samples can also be used to identify details from ancient human remains, finds a new study published in BioMed Central's open access journal ...
Is the Mona Lisa a Self-Portrait?
It's only natural: Researchers find link to arsenic-contaminated groundwater
(Phys.org) —Human activities are not the primary cause of arsenic found in groundwater in Bangladesh.
DNA reveals mating patterns of critically endangered sea turtle
New University of East Anglia research into the mating habits of a critically endangered sea turtle will help conservationists understand more about its mating patterns.
30,000-year-old DNA preserved in poo a window into the past
(Phys.org)—Murdoch University DNA scientists have used 30,000-year-old faecal matter known as middens to ascertain which plants and animals existed at that time in the hot, arid Pilbara region of North ...
Many meat-eating mammals lack sweet tooth, study finds
For all their sharp teeth, many meat-eating mammals lack a sweet tooth, a genetic analysis of a dozen species has shown.
Little Ice Age led to migration of island hopping arctic foxes
The Little Ice Age allowed a new wave of arctic foxes to colonise Iceland, according to new research.