News tagged with plants

Making new species without sex

Occasionally, two different plant species interbreed with each other in nature. This usually causes problems since the genetic information of both parents does not match. But sometimes nature uses a trick. ...

Jun 10, 2014 4.9 / 5 (19) 4

How repeatable is evolutionary history?

Writing about the weird soft-bodied fossils found in the Burgess Shale in the Canadian Rockies, paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould noted that of 25 initial body plans exhibited by the fossils, all but four ...

Jun 23, 2014 4.1 / 5 (18) 71

No quick fix for those melting glaciers

Even after researching the effects of climate change on ecosystems for 15 years, I had to put down my morning coffee and take a deep breath at the news earlier this spring that much of the West Antarctic ...

Jun 13, 2014 3.3 / 5 (20) 12