What could be the coincidence that the famous actor of BBC's hit TV series "Sherlock Holmes," Benedict Cumberbatch, is in fact, related to Sherlock Holmes creator Arthur Conan Doyle? There's a big chance, according experts from ancestry.com.
A new study suggests that the genetic ancestry of all non-Africans can be traced back to a single population that migrated out of Africa.
An extinct kangaroo ancestor wasn't able to bounce like its modern relatives, but they were able to easily adapt to environmental change and out-live their fanged cousins. Fossils of these creatures were recently unearthed in Australia by researchers from the University of Queensland.
Stegodon dinosaurs are thought to be prehistoric cousins of modern elephants. A team of scientists in Pakistan recently unearthed a 1.1 million-year-old tusk belonging to one of these prehistoric animals in a central province of Punjab.
Rare fossils recently found in Idaho represent at least three new small to mid-sized species of theropod, which is the group of carnivorous dinosaurs that includes the Tyrannosaurus rex.
Fossils belonging to a prehistoric butterfly-like species were recently found in China and eastern Kazakhstan. This insect, researchers say, predates modern butterflies by about 40 million years and is an example of convergent evolution.
Male wild guinea pigs pass down their ability to adjust to environmental changes to their sons. Researchers suggest future generations could benefit from this "epigenetic information" as climate change causes global temperatures to rise.
Utah's Henry Mountains is home to a viable population of genetically pure, disease-free American bison. Researchers say this could open new doors for improved conservation of these animals, which were recently named the U.S. National Mammal.
A new study revealed face mites – microscopic animals that live on our faces and in our hair – evolved along side humans. Moreover, people from different parts of the world host different mite lineages that follow families through generations.
Even though Lonesome George -- the last member of the Pinta Island Galapagos Tortoises -- died in 2012, scientists may be able to revive his species with the genetic help of close relatives.
Fossils of kinorhynch worms, also known as mud dragons, dating back more than 530 million years were recently unearthed in South China. Researchers say these ancient, microscopic worms fill in a huge evolutionary gap.
After sequencing the genomes of two small water creatures known as acorn worms, researchers discovered we share more genes with them that we do with many other animals.
A study on a breed of farmbirds known as Plymouth Rock chickens suggests evolutionary differences can be observed on a much shorter time scale than previously thought.
After sequencing a genome of an ancient African male skull, researchers revealed more about the early humans' migration and introduction of farming in East Africa.