On the origins of agriculture, researchers uncover new clues

The invention of agriculture changed humans and the environment forever, and over several thousand years, the practice originated independently in a least a dozen different places. But why did agriculture begin in those places, ...

Global analysis of large carnivore habitats

Although humans have driven lions, tigers, wolves, bears and other large carnivores from much of their home territories across the planet, scientists have identified more than 280 areas where these animals could potentially ...

Promiscuity may have accelerated animal domestication

Domestication of wild animals may have accelerated as promiscuity increased among the high density populations drawn to life near humans, according to a new paper by University of Liverpool researchers.

Why insects can develop from unfertilized egg cells

A scientist from the Lomonosov Moscow State University, Faculty of Biology, has, together with his Russian colleague, has explained the frequent occurrence of parthenogenesis development of insects from unfertilized egg cells. ...

Tracking invasive species? Follow the people

Islands and populated coastal areas are the world's "hotspots" for invasive species, which can upend entire ecosystems and drive local animals and plants to extinction, a study reported Monday.

Species spread in spurts—and here's why

When plants and animals move into new spaces they often do so by fits and starts, with lots of progress one year and less—or even a loss of ground—the next. Conventional wisdom attributes this pattern to variations in ...

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