Following some careful ancient DNA detective work, researchers believe they have tracked down the origin of Phytophthora infestans, which is the pathogen responsible for the 19th century Irish potato famine.
Camouflage is a adaptable trait used not only to hide from predators, but to sneak up on prey. Researchers recently revealed horned praying mantises have re-evolved with disruptive camouflage abilities, similar to those found in ancient lineages of the iconic insects.
The ancestry of modern Europeans' genetic make up has become somewhat clearer with the discovery of a previously unknown "fourth strand" of ancient hunter-gatherer ancestry.
A crucial step has been found in how, at the beginning of life on land on this Earth, an alga was able to move from the water and have a symbiotic relationship with a crucial fungus. Until now, this hasn't been known.
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.
New research from the University College Dublin shows Cows were domesticated in stages and far more selectively than previous research indicated. DNA analysis indicates ancient British farmers restocked their domesticated herds with still-wild ox specimens called aurochs that grazed throughout areas of Europe, Asia and North Africa.
Coughing deaths in the 4th and 3rd millennium B.C. were likely caused by the plague, which has been found in the dental DNA of skeletons from Eurasia.
While cats have evolved without the ability to taste sweetness, they have retained at least seven receptors that register bitter tastes. This may explain why they're such picky eaters.
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.
Embedded in the genetic code of several snake species was DNA that generally controls the development and growth of limbs in other animals.
After years of misidentifying Helmeted Woodpeckers, scientists from the University of Kansas have found that the bird has evolved with characteristics of larger competing birds in the Atlantic forest.
Although chimpanzees are our closest relatives, it is obvious that we evolved with different facial developments. Stanford University researchers recently examined the two species’ genetics closely to explain how and why.
Orchids are a complicated and diverse group of flowering plants that are able to live in a wide range of ecosystems. A newly developed family tree helps explain the flower's speciation history.
Toxins from algal blooms in the Chesapeake Bay may affect human and marine species' health.