Evolutionary biologists have always wondered if we were to hit that "restart" button would, things still turn out as they have? A new study says that's more than likely, as many species seem to have stumbled upon the same few saving-grace traits on their own accord.
Scientists have discovered what may be the oldest known snake fossils, between 143 and 167 million years old, which could possibly push back the evolutionary origins of these legless reptiles, according to new research.
Yes, those balls. You know the ones I'm talking about. The man rocks, the family jewels, the subject of that ACDC song we've all tried to forget about. In the great mammalian sex race, a male with big balls is likely a very successful reproducer, being both dominant and popular with the ladies. New research has found that with mice, however, that this isn't always the case. The best balls, experts are now claiming, don't always take up a lot of space.
The giant kangaroo, a species that once roamed the Australian outback over 40,000 years ago, has long been extinct, but thanks to scientists that extracted its DNA for the first time we are learning more about this marsupial megafauna.
The lack of venom variation discovered in a certain snake species is challenging the conventional theory of how these toxins evolve in these slithering reptiles, as well as provides crucial information for snake conservation, according to a new study.
Here's a strange aquatic animal that you've probably never heard of: the frog crab. No, it's not some horrific amphibian-crustacean hybrid cooked up by mad scientists. Instead, it's just one very odd looking crab, characterized by an unusually flat and frog-like body. Now researchers are investigating the evolution of these strange and poorly understood creatures.
Snakes may not have evolved in the way that researchers have long thought. That is, where snakes evolved to become more simple over time, losing the limbs that their reptilian ancestors may have boasted. Now, a new study suggests just the opposite, finding evidence that snake vertebrate is not all that "simplified" after all.
Researchers have long known that many mutations in visual pigments, spread out over millions of years, were required for humans to be able to see the colorful world that we can today. Now, in a new study, one team of scientists has finally painted the complete picture to see exactly how human color vision evolved.
Researchers have determined that crocodilians mutate at a remarkably slow rate, providing a potential explanation for why these creatures are so much more like their prehistoric ancestors compared to most other creatures.
Researchers have revealed a bizarre evolutionary twist to deep-sea "bone-eating" worms, an already unusual species, a new study says.
A new study details the evolution of snakes and how they came to boast a venomous bite, challenging the conventional view of how the species got their toxic label.
It has long been suspected that most mammals, primates included, really started down the evolutionary fast-track after the majority of dinosaurs went extinct. However, new fossil finds from 66 million years ago suggest that primates may have started evolving earlier, with one primate boasting a particularly large body size during a time of exceptionally tiny mammals.
While you sip on some festive eggnog or hard cider this holiday season, your body will immediately start working to metabolize and filter that alcohol. Now, new research has revealed that we may have ancestors as far back as 10 million years ago to thank for our ability to enjoy these little indulgences.
In an amazing feat, researchers have sequenced the entire centipede genome, helping to unlock the secrets of early evolution, according to new research.