Scientists from Louisiana State University (LSU) are reworking famous English scientist Charles Darwin's species diversity theory, changing the way we think about evolution and speciation in the animal kingdom, new research describes.
The evolution of odd-toed animals like horses and rhinos has long remained a mystery to researchers, despite previous discoveries of their remains, but a new study has tracked their origins in India, solving a piece of the puzzle.
The phenomenon of seed dormancy - when seeds wait for the right conditions to germinate for months, if not years at a time - has always fascinated experts. Now, researchers have discovered that seeds lay dormant even 360 million years ago, adding a bit more mystique to the already mysterious property.
In an examination of physical diversity among eel species, researchers have found that biters are far more varied than eels that use suction to snatch up food. Now it has been suggested that this is an example of how certain feeding habits can limit how a species physically changes over time.
An international team of experts have released the most comprehensive evolutionary roadmap of insects to date, detailing their "tree of life" in incredible detail and simultaneously showing when and why these little pests actually started to buzz around in the air.
Experts have long known that human activity can influence how local animals live, including their habitats, food sources, and even behavior. However, a new study has found that we can even impact how an animal procreates, changing the size and structure of specific fish species' genitalia in only a few decades.
Millions of years ago, when vertebrates evolved from the sea to land, they had to go through some evolutionary changes, including the development of sex organs. Now, new research is shedding light on these genetic changes after turning lizard limbs into genitalia in the lab.
A fossil from Madagascar of a massive, groundhog-like creature is rewriting the evolutionary history of mammals, according to recent research.
Unlike any other bird, hummingbirds have fascinated experts and everyday nature-lovers alike for generations. However, these fairy-like, nectar-loving blurs of vibrant color have a blood-thirsty side to their existence that very few people see.
The highly controversial and fear-inducing Ebola virus is reportedly much older than previously thought, dating back 16 to 23 million years, and has interacted with mammals for a long time, new research shows.
A longstanding question among scientists is whether evolution is predictable, and they may have finally found their answer in two distinct species of squid. The genetic underpinning of bioluminescence, or the ability to emit light, in these cephalopods may in fact be surprisingly predictable, new research shows.
The little devil frog, Oophaga sylvatica, a toxic frog native to Colombia and Ecuador, is learning to sing straight into the face of fear, singing longer and louder despite the fact that numerous predators are more likely to hear it.
Today is National Fossil Day, acknowledging the great importance of these ancient remains. These days, researchers use fossils to trace the evolution of life's ancestors, looking to birds in particular in an effort to better understand how evolution shapes our world.
A biologist is making the argument that the violin and your average plant leaf are a lot more similar than you may think, with both being shaped and changed over time thanks to ever-changing environments and trends of structure.
A team of researchers are arguing that the cerebellum, not the neocortex, is the "seat of all humanity" and what truly helped us become more than apes millions of years ago. Such a theory goes entirely against traditional neuroscience and evolutionary theories, but according to a recent study, the team has some strong evidence to back their claim.