Stars with the chemical clock on hold
An international team of astrophysicists, led by Cristina Chiappini from the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam, has discovered a group of red giant stars for which the 'chemical clock' does not work: ...
Bizarre 'platypus' dinosaur discovered
Although closely related to the notorious carnivore Tyrannosaurus rex, a new lineage of dinosaur discovered in Chile is proving to be an evolutionary jigsaw puzzle, as it preferred to graze upon plants.
From sticks to stones—getting a grip on the human genus
2015 has already been an amazing year for human evolution science.
Research prompts rethink of enzyme evolution
New research by scientists at New Zealand's University of Otago suggests a need for a fundamental rethink of the evolutionary path of enzymes, the proteins vital to all life on Earth.
Repeated marine predator evolution tracks changes in ancient and Anthropocene oceans
For more than 250 million years, four-limbed land animals known as tetrapods have repeatedly conquered the Earth's oceans. These creatures—such as plesiosaurs, penguins and sea turtles—descended from separate groups of ...
Human hunting weapons may not have caused the demise of the Neanderthals
The demise of Neanderthals may have nothing to do with innovative hunting weapons carried by humans from west Asia, according to a new study published in the Journal of Human Evolution. The researchers, from N ...
Diverse sea creatures evolved to reach same swimming solution
The ability to move one's body rapidly through water is a key to existence for many species on this blue planet of ours. The Persian carpet flatworm, the cuttlefish and the black ghost knifefish look nothing ...
Image: Comet activity 31 January – 25 March 2015
Four months from today, on 13 August, Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko will reach perihelion – a moment that defines its closest point to the Sun along its orbit.
Evolution makes invading species spread even faster
Today, invasive animals and plants spread all around the globe. Predicting the dynamics of these invasions is of great ecological and socioeconomical interest. Yet studying them is fundamentally challenging ...
Parents experience FOMO on Internet speak
If you tell your mum she's fleek, she probably won't get the compliment—social media is driving a rapid evolution of the English language that is leaving parents baffled, a study suggested Friday.