News tagged with natural selection

Evolution can select for evolvability, biologists find

Evolution does not operate with a goal in mind; it does not have foresight. But organisms that have a greater capacity to evolve may fare better in rapidly changing environments. This raises the question: does evolution favor ...

dateNov 14, 2013 in Evolution
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Networking ability a family trait in monkeys

Two years of painstaking observation on the social interactions of a troop of free-ranging monkeys and an analysis of their family trees has found signs of natural selection affecting the behavior of the descendants.

dateJan 09, 2013 in Plants & Animals
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Evolution may take giant leaps

(PhysOrg.com) -- A new study of thousands of species of plants and animals suggests new species may arise from rare events instead of through an accumulation of small changes made in response to changes in ...

dateDec 11, 2009 in Evolution weblog
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Evolution of new genes captured

(Phys.org)—Like job-seekers searching for a new position, living things sometimes have to pick up a new skill if they are going to succeed. Researchers from the University of California, Davis, and Uppsala University, Sweden, ...

dateOct 22, 2012 in Biotechnology
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