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New York to get one of world's most ambitious carbon reduction plans  PHYS.ORG · 57 minutes
New York state lawmakers on Wednesday passed one of the world's most ambitious laws aimed at countering climate change, under which fossil fuel power... more
Defaunation precipitates the extinction of evolutionarily distinct interactions in the Anthropocene  Science Magazine · 13 hours
Species on Earth are interconnected with each other through ecological interactions. Defaunation can erode those connections, yet we lack evolutionary predictions about the consequences of losing... more
Gregarious suspension feeding in a modular Ediacaran organism  Science Magazine · 13 hours
Reconstructing Precambrian eukaryotic paleoecology is pivotal to understanding the origins of the modern, animal-dominated biosphere. Here, we combine new fossil data from southern Namibia with computational fluid dynamics (CFD) to test between... more
Plate tectonics may have driven 'Cambrian Explosion'  SCIENCE DAILY · 14 hours
The quest to discover what drove one of the most important evolutionary events in the history of life on Earth has taken a new, fascinating twist. more
Finding 'Nemo's' family tree of anemones  PHYS.ORG · 14 hours
Thanks in part to the popular film Finding Nemo, clownfishes are well known to the public and well represented in scientific literature. But the same can't be said for the equally colorful sea anemones—venomous, tentacled animals—that... more
Plate tectonics may have driven Cambrian Explosion, study shows  PHYS.ORG · 15 hours
The quest to discover what drove one of the most important evolutionary events in the history of life on Earth has taken a new, fascinating twist. more
Antarctic marine life recovery following the dinosaurs' extinction  SCIENCE DAILY · 16 hours
A new study shows how marine life around Antarctica returned after the extinction event that wiped out the dinosaurs. A team studied just under 3000 marine fossils collected from Antarctica to understand... more
Directed evolution comes to plants  PHYS.ORG · 17 hours
A new platform for speeding up and controlling the evolution of proteins inside living plants has been developed by a KAUST-led team. more
Hyenas Once Lived above Arctic Circle  SCI-NEWS.COM · 18 hours
Paleontologists have found two fossilized teeth of extinct cursorial hyenas (genus Chasmaporthetes) in the remote Old Crow River region in northern Yukon Territory, Canada.... more
Troublesome trees: spread of forests contributed to ancient extinction  PHYS.ORG · 18 hours
Evidence from ancient rocks in north Alabama show the Earth's first forest spread rapidly, likely contributing to a mass extinction of shallow marine life some 370 million years ago. more
Marine life recovery following the dinosaurs' extinction  PHYS.ORG · 19 hours
A new study shows how marine life around Antarctica returned after the extinction event that wiped out the dinosaurs. more
Sea otters have low genetic diversity like other threatened species, biologists report  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 day
Sea otters have very low genetic diversity, scientists report. Their findings have implications for the conservation of rare and endangered species, in which a... more
Dogs Evolved Sad Eyes to Manipulate Their Human Companions, Study Suggests  LIVE SCIENCE · 1 day
You don't get to be man's best friend without copying a few of man's favorite facial expressions. more
Hubble Observes Tiny Galaxy with Big Heart  ASTRO WATCH · 1 day
Nestled within this field of bright foreground stars lies ESO 495-21, a tiny galaxy with a big heart. ESO 495-21 may be... more
New insight from Great Barrier Reef coral provides correction factor to climate records  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
Newly developed geological techniques help uncover the most accurate and high-resolution climate records to date, according to a new study. The research... more
Sea otters have low genetic diversity like other threatened species, biologists report  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Sea otters have low genetic diversity, which could endanger their health as a species, a UCLA-led team of life scientists has discovered. The findings... more
Fossil teeth reveal ancient hyenas in the Arctic  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
Modern hyenas are known as hunters and scavengers in Asian and African ecosystems such as the savanna. But in ancient times, these powerful carnivores also roamed a very different landscape, inhabiting the... more
Dinosaur bones are home to microscopic life  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
Scientists went looking for preserved collagen, the protein in bone and skin, in dinosaur fossils. They didn't find the protein, but they did find huge colonies of modern bacteria living inside the dinosaur bones. more
New insight from Great Barrier Reef coral provides correction factor to climate records  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Newly developed geological techniques help uncover the most accurate and high-resolution climate records to date, according to a new study. The research... more
Dark centers of chromosomes reveal ancient DNA  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Geneticists exploring the dark heart of the human genome have discovered big chunks of Neanderthal and other ancient DNA. The results open new ways to study both how chromosomes behave during cell division and... more
Scientists identify plant that flowers in Brazilian savanna one day after fire  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Plants in the Brazilian savanna, the Cerrado, have evolved to deal with fire. When fire is used intelligently as part of a carefully planned... more
Dinosaur bones are home to microscopic life  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Bad news, Jurassic Park fans—the odds of scientists cloning a dinosaur from ancient DNA are pretty much zero. That's because DNA breaks down over time and isn't stable enough to stay intact for millions... more
3-D cranial reconstruction elucidates the evolution of new world monkeys  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Researchers have used computed tomography (CT) scanning to examine and reconstruct cranial fossils belonging to two extinct species of monkey, Caipora bambuiorum and Cartelles coimbrafilhoi. The fossils were... more
The increase in wildfires is linked via climate change to social inequity  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
When the crown jewel of industrial civilization—the automobile—was introduced in London, it was met with resistance. Wouldn't burning fossil fuels pollute the air? "Yes,... more
Biological evolution inspires machine learning  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
Evolution allows life to explore almost limitless diversity and complexity. Scientists hope to recreate such open-endedness in the laboratory or in computer simulations, but even sophisticated computational techniques like machine learning and artificial intelligence can't provide the open-ended... more
Study reveals new genomic roots of ecological adaptation in polar bear evolution  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
Scientists have shed new light on the genomic foundation of the polar bear's ecological adaption by pinpointing rapid changes in the bear's gene copy... more
Fossil teeth reveal ancient hyenas in the Arctic  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Modern hyenas are known as hunters and scavengers in Asian and African ecosystems such as the savanna. more
Sun's history found buried in Moon's crust  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
The Sun's rotation rate in its first billion years is unknown. Yet, this spin rate affected solar eruptions, influencing the evolution of life. Scientists think they've figured it out by using the Moon as... more
The evolution of puppy dog eyes  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
Dogs have evolved new muscles around the eyes to better communicate with humans. New research comparing the anatomy and behavior of dogs and wolves suggests dogs' facial anatomy has changed over thousands of years specifically to... more
Biting backfire: Some mosquitoes actually benefit from pesticide application  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
The common perception that pesticides reduce or eliminate target insect species may not always hold. Jennifer Weathered and Edd Hammill report that the impacts of agricultural pesticides on assemblages of... more
Study reveals new genomic roots of ecological adaptation in polar bear evolution  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Scientists from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Vanderbilt University and Clark University have shed new light on the genomic foundation of the polar bear's... more
The evolution of puppy dog eyes  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Dogs have evolved new muscles around the eyes to better communicate with humans. more
Global commodities trade and consumption place the world's primates at risk of extinction  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 days
A recent study highlights the fact that the economic benefits of commodity export for primate habitat countries has been limited relative to... more
Renewable transportation fuels from water and carbon dioxide  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
The transition from fossil to renewable fuels is one of the most important challenges of the future. The SUN-to-LIQUID project takes on this challenge by producing renewable transportation fuels from water and... more
Global commodities trade and consumption place the world's primates at risk of extinction  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
A recent study published in the peer-reviewed journal PeerJ—the Journal of Life and Environmental Sciences highlights the fact that the economic benefits... more
The complex fate of Antarctic species in the face of a changing climate  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 days
Researchers have presented support for the theory that marine invertebrates with larger body size are generally more sensitive to reductions in oxygen... more
Virus genes help determine if pea aphids get their wings  SCIENCE DAILY · 6 days
Researchers shed light on the important role that microbial genes, like those from viruses, can play in insect and animal evolution. more
A shady spot may protect species against rapid climate warming  SCIENCE DAILY · 6 days
A shady refuge on a hot day could be more than a simple comfort in a warming world. Finding a cooler spot might save several species that would... more
A shady spot may protect species against rapid climate warming  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Finding a shady refuge to cool off on a hot day could be more than a lifesaver in a warming world. It might save several species that would... more
Flickering sky islands generate andean biodiversity  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
A new video shows how climate change connected and disconnected Andean "sky islands" during the past million years. The innovative mathematical model used to make the video was based on fossil pollen records and shows how... more
Giant Cambrian Trilobite Species Unearthed in Australia  SCI-NEWS.COM · 6 days
Paleontologists have unearthed fossils of a giant trilobite species that inhabited Australian waters approximately 500 million years ago (Cambrian period). Trilobites are... more
Oldest axial fossils discovered for the genus Australopithecus  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Scientists have published an article describing the oldest axial fossils yet discovered for the genus Australopithecus. Dated 4.2 million years ago, these and other fossils recovered from the Assa Issie site in... more
Dwarf Starburst Galaxy Harbors Supermassive Black Hole  SCI-NEWS.COM · 6 days
A starburst galaxy called ESO 495-21 is just 3,000 light-years across, but it harbors a black hole of about one million solar masses... more
Proposal to mine fossil-rich site in New Zealand sparks campaign to protect it  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
An Australian company's application to mine a fossil-rich site in the south of New Zealand has been met with fierce criticism and... more
Seaweed and sea slugs rely on toxic bacteria to defend against predators  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Plants, animals and even microbes that live on coral reefs have evolved a rich variety of defense strategies to protect themselves from predators. Some have physical... more
Hubble observes tiny galaxy with big heart  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
Nestled within this field of bright foreground stars lies ESO 495-21, a tiny galaxy with a big heart. ESO 495-21 may be just 3000 light-years across, but that is not stopping the galaxy from... more
New 'king' of fossils discovered in Australia  SCIENCE DAILY · 7 days
Fossils of a giant new species from the long-extinct group of sea creatures called trilobites have been found on Kangaroo Island, South Australia. more
Undocumented plant extinctions are a big problem in Australia  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
A recent survey on the world's plants found a shocking number have gone extinct—571 since 1750. And this is likely to be a stark underestimate. Not all plants have been... more
New statistical formulas for assigning sex to fossils  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
The CENIEH researcher Adrián Pablos is co-author of a paper which offers a methodology for assigning the sex to fossils of Homo sapiens and opens up the possibility of applying it to... more
See how humans have redrawn Earth's biological map  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
Humans are rapidly changing the distinctive biodiversity that evolved in regions of the Earth over millions of years by introducing new species and wiping out others, a new study has shown. more
New 'king' of fossils discovered on Kangaroo Island  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
Fossils of a giant new species from the long-extinct group of sea creatures called trilobites have been found on Kangaroo Island, South Australia. more
Parrot world's endangered heavyweight faces new threat  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
An unprecedented disease outbreak has pushed the critically endangered kakapo, the world's fattest parrot, closer to extinction, New Zealand scientists said Thursday. more
How multi-celled animals developed  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
New findings challenge the long-standing idea that multi-celled animals evolved from a single-celled ancestor resembling a modern sponge cell known as a choanocyte. more
Baby pterodactyls could fly from birth  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Researchers have found that pterodactyls, extinct flying reptiles also known as pterosaurs, had a remarkable ability -- they could fly from birth. more
The benefits of being different  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Six different color morphs of the elusive Asiatic golden cat have been discovered in Northeast India -- with the findings being hailed as 'an evolutionary puzzle' -- as the world's greatest number of different colored wild cat species... more
Monkeys face climate change extinction threat  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Monkeys living in South America are highly vulnerable to climate change and face an 'elevated risk of extinction', according to a new study. more
Uncovering the hidden history of a giant asteroid  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
A massive 'hit-and-run' collision profoundly impacted the evolutionary history of Vesta, the brightest asteroid visible from Earth. The finding deepens our understanding of protoplanet formation more than 4.5 billion years ago, in... more
Unprecedented reorganization of holocentric chromosomes provides insights into the enigma of lepidopteran chromosome evolution  Science Magazine · 1 week
Chromosome evolution presents an enigma in the mega-diverse Lepidoptera. Most species exhibit constrained chromosome evolution with nearly identical haploid chromosome... more
Driving divergence: Evolved lice show sign of speciation  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Biologists drove the divergence of different-sized feather lice from a single population. In four years, the evolved lice had trouble mating with each other -- a sign of speciation. more
New to science New Zealand moths link mythological deities to James Cameron's films  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
In an unexpected discovery, two species of macro-moths were described as new species endemic to the South Island, New Zealand. Each is... more
Evolutionary discovery to rewrite textbooks  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Scientists at The University of Queensland have upended biologists' century-old understanding of the evolutionary history of animals. more
Study: Pterosaurs Had Remarkable Ability to Fly from Birth  SCI-NEWS.COM · 1 week
Pterosaurs were winged flying reptiles that lived at the same time as dinosaurs, between 210 million and 65... more
The benefits of being different  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Six different colour morphs of the elusive Asiatic golden cat have been discovered in Northeast India—with the findings being hailed as "an evolutionary puzzle—as the world's greatest number of different coloured wild cat species in one area are... more
Monkeys face climate change extinction threat  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Monkeys living in South America are highly vulnerable to climate change and face an "elevated risk of extinction," according to a new University of Stirling-led study. more
Researcher documents cascading effects of parasites on underwater ecosystems  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Research by an evolutionary biologist from Florida State University has shown parasites have important and far-reaching effects on predatory fish and the ecosystems they inhabit. more
Injection-molding wood powder for sustainable fabrication  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Biomass materials such as wood are environmentally-friendly alternatives to fossil resources. As an example, wood is typically non-toxic and carbon neutral. Furthermore, wood can be produced in a sustainable manner by appropriate planting and trimming of... more
Galaxy Zoo Volunteers Help Re-Tune ‘Hubble Tuning Fork’  SCI-NEWS.COM · 1 week
Galaxies are important building blocks of the Universe. Some are simple, while others are very complex in structure. In 1927,... more
Baby pterodactyls could fly from birth  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
A breakthrough discovery reveals that pterodactyls, extinct flying reptiles, had a remarkable ability—they could fly from birth. The importance of this discovery is highlighted by the fact that no other living vertebrates today, or those in... more
New photography technique brings hidden history of fossils to light  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
We've all seen and marveled at them: perfect fossils of gargantuan dinosaurs or other exotic creatures from the ancient world. But the truth is, sometimes there's more than... more
Love songs from paradise take a nosedive  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
The Galápagos Islands finches named after Charles Darwin are starting to sing a different tune because of an introduced pest on the once pristine environment. more
Life in Antarctica's ice mirrors human disease  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Mapping tens of thousands of genes from a group of Antarctic fishes called notothenioids, a team of researchers has discovered that the massive amount of genetic change required for life in the Antarctic occurred... more
Leatherback sea turtles likely to go extinct under Trump administration policy, lawsuit argues  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Leatherback sea turtles are likely to be "effectively extinct within 20 years" if two new federal permits for fishing off the coast... more
New microorganism for algae biomass to produce alternative fuels  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Biorefinery technology uses biomass as a feedstock and converts it to energy and other beneficial byproducts. It is drawing attention as an eco-friendly and sustainable technology to prepare for depletion... more
Medical News Today: Human brains have evolved to 'prefer' music and speech  MNT · 1 week
New evidence suggests that human brains, unlike those of monkeys, may have evolved to 'listen' for pitch, which characterizes music and speech. more
Human brains have evolved to 'prefer' music and speech  MNT · 1 week
New evidence suggests that human brains, unlike those of monkeys, may have evolved to 'listen' for pitch, which characterizes music and speech. more
Secondhand horror: Indirect predator odor triggers reproductive changes in bank voles  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Reproducing in a fearful world is tricky. How do rodents get information of prevailing risk of death, and how do they respond to the information? A... more
Study shows recent plant extinctions much more extensive than thought  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
A team of researchers with the Royal Botanic Gardens in the U.K. and Stockholm University has found that plant extinctions over the past two and a half centuries... more
Indian temple helps nurture 'extinct' turtle back to life  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
The black softshell turtle is officially extinct in the wild, but a centuries-old Indian temple and its nature-loving caretaker are helping the creature make a tentative comeback. more
Switchgrass hybrid yields insights into plant evolution  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Switchgrass is attractive as a potential bioenergy crop because it can grow for years without having to be replanted. Requiring less fertilizer than typical annual crops like corn, switchgrass can keep more nitrogen, phosphorus... more
Researchers map the most common bacterial cause of pneumonia around the world  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
Researchers have mapped the most common bacterial cause of pneumonia around the world and revealed how these bacteria evolve in response to vaccination. more
Pneumonia mapped in largest genomic survey of any disease-causing bacterium  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Researchers have mapped the most common bacterial cause of pneumonia around the world and revealed how these bacteria evolve in response to vaccination. Scientists from the Wellcome Sanger... more
Switchgrass hybrid yields insights into plant evolution  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Scientists have identified specific parts of genetic code within switchgrass that could contribute to larger switchgrass harvests while reducing potential crop weaknesses. more
Last-ditch attempt to warn of coalmine harm  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Groundwater experts from around Australia have repeated calls for further investigations into the potential effects on heritage groundwater reserves in central Queensland if the giant Adani Carmichael coalmine gets the final regulatory go-ahead.Concerns the... more
Study looks into evolution of sex and transmissible cancer  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
One of the greatest enigmas of evolutionary biology is that while sex is the dominant mode of reproduction among multicellular organisms, asexual reproduction appears much more efficient and less costly. more
Hayabusa2 drops target marker at asteroid Ryugu  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has made some impressive feats in recent years. Roughly one year ago, and following in the footsteps of its predecessor, the Hayabusa2 spacecraft successfully rendezvoused with a near-Earth... more
What's your poison? Scrupulous scorpions tailor venom to target  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Replenishing venom takes time and energy -- so it pays to be stingy with stings. According to researchers scorpions adapt their bodies, their behavior and even the composition of their... more
Godzilla Grew 30 Times Faster Than Any Organism on Earth. Here's Why.  SPACE.COM · 2 weeks
If Godzilla were a real creature, his incredibly rapid growth spurt on the big screen would be off the charts, even setting evolutionary records,... more
A molecular glue to overcome cancer drug resistance?  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Researchers have discovered a small molecule drug that can stop cancer cells from becoming resistant to chemotherapy. The new compound, which was tested in an animal model of melanoma, could serve as... more
Acid solvation versus dissociation at "stardust conditions": Reaction sequence matters  Science Magazine · 2 weeks
Chemical reactions at ultralow temperatures are of fundamental importance to primordial molecular evolution as it occurs on icy mantles of dust nanoparticles or on ultracold water clusters in... more
Behavioural correlations of the domestication syndrome are decoupled in modern dog breeds  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Scientists since Darwin have been intrigued by the simultaneous alteration of multiple morphological, physiological and behavioural traits across a wide range of domesticated animals,... more
New Herbivorous Dinosaur Species Identified in Australia: Fostoria dhimbangunmal  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 weeks
A new species of two-legged iguanodontian dinosaur has been identified from fossils discovered three decades ago in an... more
Canada Makes a Claim to the North Pole  LIVE SCIENCE · 2 weeks
Now, three northern nations are vying to stake their claim to part of the Arctic seafloor, a region chock-full of fossil fuels that lies under thousands of miles of water and ice. more
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