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Evolutionary biologist and National Geographic grantee Borja Milá went to a volcanic island in the Indian Ocean to study evolution in birds. But when Mother Nature unleashed a tropical storm on Christmas Eve, Milá’s team was stuck atop a volcano.
Were humans born to war? Or is warfare a recent, rare development in our history? Studies of chimps and early human civilizations give clues to the origins of this kind of violence.
Last week I participated in the annual meeting of the Allan Wilson Centre for Molecular Ecology & Evolution. Allan Wilson was a Professor of Biochemistry at UC Berkeley who grew up on a small farm just down the road from me in New Zealand. He pioneered the use of molecular approaches to understand evolutionary change…
A poison dart frog from Peru that mimics its neighbors in incredible detail is evolving into a new species, scientists believe.
How hummingbirds acquired their sweet tooth has been quite the mystery. But scientists think they may cracked the case.
Butterflies can evolve new colors rapidly and simply by tweaking the structures of their wings, a new study says.
Reindeer on Norway’s Svalbard archipelago are bucking the trend and thriving, according to a long-term study.
The brilliant plumage of peacocks and related birds may be a result of female preference, a new study says.
How sexes evolved in the first place has been a lasting mystery in biology. Thanks to some transgender algae, scientists may have cracked this evolutionary whodunit.
As West Africa struggles with the largest known outbreak of Ebola, Dr. Peter Piot shares how he helped discover and describe the virus’ first known outbreak in 1976 Zaire. Also, geneticist Gil McVean studies the rates of genetic mutation in chimpanzee DNA compared to that of humans to try to determine the date of our last common ancestor.
When vampire bats acquired their taste for blood, they lost their ability to sense bitter flavors, according to a new study.
From the silvery gibbon of Indonesia to the grunting toadfish of the sea, listen to some of nature’s most amazing musicians.
Scientists have revealed new discoveries about mating plugs, which dwarf male spiders insert into females to keep out rival sperm.
Ten years ago, some male crickets in Hawaii began to fall mysteriously silent, and now scientists have discovered why.