Scientists have discovered evidence of a hidden war between rival elements within the genomes of primates that likely helped shape the human genome over time, according to new research.
New research has found that dinosaurs, massive prehistoric meat-eaters, rapidly gave rise to the thousands of bird species that we see today.
Experts recently stumbled upon a fossil of what may be the oldest multicellular organism ever seen. A recent study of the fossil has revealed that it is about 60 million years older than when it was believed the first multicellular organisms started to crawl out of the Earth's primordial sludge, implying that the textbooks are due for a pretty serious rewrite.
Mexican cave fish don't have a designated bedtime around which most of them sleep. That sets them apart from most animals and even some plants, for whom a specified time for sleep helps them to efficiently recharge. However, a new study suggests living in their lightless environment, sleeping whenever they please may help these fish save energy.
While today sitting around a campfire, roasting s'mores is just seen as good fun, a new study shows that 400,000 to one million years ago, these types of gatherings actually helped human culture evolve.
Just last year, an expert at MIT suggested that babies cry, despite the fact that this makes them "predator beacons," because the "annoying sound" helps adult humans wage war more efficiently. It was even proposed that our ancestors wore babies into battle to heighten their blood-lust.
Experts have recently completed sequencing and analyzing the genome of the gibbon, a rare kind of primate with a unique chromosomal rearrangement, allowing for rapid evolution and surprising variety.
Like the swords of warriors in a bygone age, researchers have found that male rhinoceros beetles have different shaped horns to complement various fighting styles. According to a recent study, these styles differ from species to species, and can characterize how a beetle holds its own in battle.
Experts have long thought that the pelvic bone that floats unattached to the rest of a whale's skeleton is simply an evolutionary throwback from when their ancestors boasted four flippers. Now, researchers argue that whales actually are using this seemingly useless bone for very specific mating purposes.
Experts have recently revealed fossil evidence that indicates that the earliest of mammal ancestors may have started out as nocturnal creatures, meaning daytime hunting and foraging may have been a trait that evolved in later species.
There are still fish that can crawl on land and breathe our air, but they are still very much fish. Researchers now study them in an attempt to better understand the evolution of life on land.
Hummingbirds may have specifically evolved just to taste sweet nectar, as most other birds are only capable of tasting savory foods.
A new 3-D model created by researchers at the University of Cambridge reveals how some of Earth's earliest animals lived and died, a new study describes.
Scientists have traced nearly 3,000 genes to find the earliest common ancestor of butterflies and moths, creating an extensive evolutionary history of these colorful insects.