Biologists recently discovered skin proteins shared by humans and turtles which developed in a common ancestor roughly 310 million years ago.
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.
The corn snake's genome has been sequenced for the first time, and reveals important information regarding the gene mutation responsible for albinism.
A recent study induced flatworms to grow the heads and brains of other species, by changing the cell communication and not by altering the genomic sequence. This, they say, could lead to birth-defect findings and other learnings.
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.
Despite the lack of maternal care, young orphaned earwigs grow big and strong. However, like their mothers, they too are likely to care less for their offspring.
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.
Recently, a small herd of bison were released in Colorado. This suggests there is hope for the large buffalo that have been struggling to revive themselves ever since populations plummeted in the 1800s.
The identification of common owls may be outdated. That is, a recent genetic analysis revealed Common Barn Owls and Short-eared Owls are more genetically diverse than previously thought.
Venom is both a predatory defense and a predator's advantage. While some venomous animals have recently evolved with more potent toxins, their ancient counterparts diversified less often. This suggests that the evolution of venom is more complex than previously thought.
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.
University of Exeter reseachers took a closer look at fruit flies and found that while environmental conditions have some influence on their mating decision, it mostly comes down to genetics.
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.
Scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution have made the first-ever field observations of Omura's whales, which occured off the coast of Madagascar. This study sheds light on the rare species' behavior and habitat preferences.