Researchers University of Kansas recently uncovered fossils representing the largest known feathered raptor. The species has since been named Dakotaraptor and it's closing the gap in the evolutionary gap between dinosaurs and modern birds.
A newly examined fossil sea urchin represents the oldest known specimen of its kind. This suggests that modern sea urchins diversified from their extinct ancestors ten million years earlier than researchers previously thought.
The discovery of a new speies of Malaysian snail has set the world record for tiniest land snail species. The previous record was set early this year by a species discovered in China.
Rhesus monkeys rely on their sense of smell more heavily than researchers previously thought, employing it to distinguish between members of their own social groups and those who don't belong.
Cowbirds lay their eggs in neighboring nests and abandon the to be raised by surrogate bird parents. Researchers recently spent some attempting to figure out whether the birds know they are different from their adopted families and how they handle it in terms of feeding, mating and flocking.
Researchers found that pineapples utilize a unique photosynthesis that protects the plants from loosing too much water during the day. This allows the fruits to be juicy even though they grow in dry environments.
A new fossil species suggests that great apes, including humans, evolved differently from smaller "lesser" apes than researchers previously surmised.
Iberian lynx fossils dating to 1.6 million years ago were recently recovered from a cave in Barcelona, Spain. It's the oldest lynx specimen ever found, suggesting the species arrived in the area 500,000 years earlier than originally estimated.
Aa currently evolve into two genetically distinct species as a result of apple trees changing their fruiting cycles, they're have a domino effect on predatory wasps, a process known as sequential speciation.
Researchers from the University of Alberta recently discovered fossilized tail feathers and soft tissues of an Ornithomimus dinosaur that shed light on the evolution of modern-day birds such as ostriches and emus.
Captured damselfish release a chemical distress call that confuses their attackers by calling other predators to the area. The ensuing competition buys them enough time to flee.
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.
Even though plants first emerged on Earth 400 million years ago, it was not until approximately 80 million years later that wildfires began ripping through forests and grasslands like they do today in California. This could explain why plants were able to diversify the way they did.