News tagged with natural selection

High mortality rates may explain small body size

A new study suggests that high mortality rates in small-bodied people, commonly known as pygmies, may be part of the reason for their small stature. The study, by Jay Stock and Andrea Migliano, both of the University of Cambridge, ...

dateOct 05, 2009 in Evolution
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Why Female Water Buffalo Have Horns but Impala Do Not?

(PhysOrg.com) -- The reason some female hoofed animals have horns while others do not has long puzzled evolutionary biologists, even the great Charles Darwin. But now a survey of 117 bovid species led by Ted Stankowich, professor ...

dateSep 17, 2009 in Evolution
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Robots Reveal Insights into Evolution

(PhysOrg.com) -- In an ironic twist to our understanding of life, robots may offer a greater degree of realism for studying some of the intricacies of natural selection and evolution than real organisms offer. ...

dateSep 16, 2009 in Robotics feature
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