'Game of Thrones' scenario seen in Neandertal ancestors
The vicious fight for survival and power among disparate kingdoms and clans may have led some ancient people to evolve facial traits more quickly than others, a study said Thursday.
Amazon's canopy chemistry is a patchwork quilt
In many ways, plants act as chemical factories, using energy from sunlight to produce carbon-based energy and taking nutrients from the soil in order to synthesize a wide variety of products. Carnegie scientists ...
Study shows snakes use more force than necessary when climbing trees
Mongol Empire rode wave of mild climate, says study
Researchers studying the rings of ancient trees in mountainous central Mongolia think they may have gotten at the mystery of how small bands of nomadic Mongol horsemen united to conquer much of the world ...
A plague in your family: The independent evolution of harmful organisms from one bacterial family
For the first time, researchers have studied the Black Death bacterium's entire family tree to fully understand how some of the family members evolve to become harmful.
Genome could unlock eucalyptus potential for paper, fuel and fiber
From antiseptic oils to the construction of didgeridoos, the traditional Australian Aboriginal wind instrument, the eucalyptus tree serves myriad purposes, accounting for its status as one of the world's ...
Scientists find potential biological control for avocado-ravaging disease
University of Florida scientists believe they've found what could be the first biological control strategy against laurel wilt, a disease that threatens the state's $54 million-a-year avocado industry.
Koalas selective about eucalyptus leaves at mealtime
Koala population distribution may be influenced by eucalyptus leaf toxin and nutrient content, especially in areas with low-quality food options, according to a study published December 3, 2014 in the open-access ...
How plants evolved to weather the cold
A team of researchers studying plants has assembled the largest dated evolutionary tree, using it to show the order in which flowering plants evolved specific strategies, such as the seasonal shedding of ...
Field study shows glassfrog embryos hatch early if not well cared for by parent
Climate change caused empire's fall, tree rings reveal
(Phys.org) —A handful of tree ring samples stored in an old cigar box have shed unexpected light on the ancient world, thanks to research by archaeologist Sturt Manning and collaborators at Cornell, Arizona, ...
Capturing ancient Maya sites from both a rat's and a 'bat's eye view'
A trip to the Guatemalan jungle usually nets a few souvenirs: Photographs of Maya ruins, bragging rights about encounters with venomous snakes, perhaps a bug bite or two.
Calculating evolution: Program predicts the development of influenza viruses
For a long time, prognoses forecasting the evolutionary future of organisms were considered mere speculation. Together with researchers from Cambridge and Santa Barbara scientists at the Max Planck Institute ...
Dinosaur family tree gives fresh insight into rapid rise of birds
The most comprehensive family tree of meat-eating dinosaurs ever created is enabling scientists to discover key details of how birds evolved from them.