A new study reveals that same-sex sexual behavior actually has evolutionary advantage.
The surgery can be quite complicated because aside from removing excess fingers, the doctors also have to create opposable thumbs for Hong Hong as he was also born with no thumbs.
Ancient animals known as glyptodonts, equipped with a massive shell and a club-like tail, are exactly what they look like: Giant Armadillos. While this has been the animals' nickname for a while, researchers were only recently able to prove they were in fact very closely related to modern armadillos.
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.
How did skates and rays develop their unique wing-like fins? Researchers from the University of Chicago recently revealed the animals altered their body structure to live on the ocean floor, and to do so they relied on repurposed genes.
Black swans' wariness is partly determined by their genes, researchers reveal in a new study. This could have important implications for releasing captive-bred birds into the wild.
Notre Dame researchers recently revealed the DNA of trapped insect prey can be collected from a black widow spider's nest up to 88 days later. This finding has significant implications for conservation management.
After sequencing the genome of nearly indestructible water bears (segmented micro-animals), researchers discovered they steal 17.5 percent of their genetic information from other species.
A mummified seven-year-old boy sacrificed during an ancient Incan ritual reveals important information regarding ancient lineages predating Spanish colonization.
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.
For the first time, three young giant squid were caught off the coast of Japan. This finding sheds light on the early lives of these otherwise elusive sea creatures.
A detailed genetic analysis suggests that Central Asia was home to the world’s first domesticated dog.
While the social roles some insects inhabit are set in stone, dinosaur ants and red paper wasps are far more flexible – and able to adjust their behaviors for varying responsibilities.
A group of scientists discovered that a marine species thought to be a "living fossil" is actually rapidly evolving. While the species hasn't changed much on the outside, a recent genetic analysis provides more information on brachiopod evolution.