Supercomputing beyond genealogy reveals surprising European ancestors
What if you researched your family's genealogy, and a mysterious stranger turned out to be an ancestor?
Breakthrough study identifies genetic link between the circadian clock and seasonal timing
Researchers from the University of Leicester have for the first time provided experimental evidence for a genetic link between two major timing mechanisms, the circadian clock and the seasonal timer.
Danish DNA could be key to happiness
(Phys.org) —Economists at the University's Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy (CAGE) have looked at why certain countries top the world happiness rankings. In particular they have found the closer a ...
Scientists shine spotlight on Herdwicks' origins
A new study highlights surprising differences between Herdwick sheep and their closest neighbouring UK upland breeds.
Killer whale genetics: Redefining stock structure in a marine top predator
Found in every ocean around the world, killer whales are a force to be reckoned with globally. Their remarkable social bonds and sophisticated hunting techniques make them top predators in their salty domain. ...
Scientists date prehistoric bacterial invasion still present in today's cells
Long before plants and animals inhabited the earth, when life consisted of single-celled organisms afloat in a planet-wide sea, bacteria invaded these organisms and took up permanent residence. One bacterium ...
Archaeological genetics: It's not all as old as it at first seems
Genomic analyses suggest that patterns of genetic diversity which indicate population movement may not be as ancient as previously believed, but may be attributable to recent events. This study published in BioMed Central's ...
Study shows dogs may have been domesticated far earlier than thought
One extinct turtle less: Turtle species in the Seychelles never existed
The turtle species Pelusios seychellensis regarded hitherto as extinct never existed. Scientists at the Senckenberg Research Institute in Dresden discovered this based on genetic evidence. The relevant study ...
Out of Africa: Chameleons migrated by sea
Chameleons took to the waves to migrate from Africa to Madagascar about 65 million years ago, said a study published on Wednesday that seeks to resolve a roiling biological debate.
Agriculture and parting from wolves shaped dog evolution, study finds
(Phys.org)—Part of the ancient mystery of the makeup of the modern Western dog has been solved by a team led by researchers at the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine.
A different take on Tut: Egyptian archaeologist shares theory on pharaoh's lineage
In recent years, DNA analysis has shed light on the parents of Egypt's most famous pharaoh, the boy king Tutankhamun, known to the world as King Tut. Genetic investigation identified his father as Akhenaten ...
Aztec conquest altered genetics among early Mexico inhabitants, new DNA study shows
For centuries, the fate of the original Otomí inhabitants of Xaltocan, the capital of a pre-Aztec Mexican city-state, has remained unknown. Researchers have long wondered whether they assimilated with the ...
Fossil evidence supports developmental model for the origin of the jaw
The invention of the jaw is the most profound and radical evolutionary step in the vertebrate history. However, the sequence leading to the evolutionary origin of the jaw is still unclear largely due to the ...