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The Rise of Color

By | July 1, 2014

An analysis of modern birds reveals that carotenoid-based plumage coloring arose several times throughout their evolutionary history, dating as far back as 66 million years ago.

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Behavior Brief

By | March 12, 2014

A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research

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Harrowing Egg Hunt, 1911

By | December 1, 2013

Three members of Robert Falcon Scott’s Terra Nova Antarctic expedition team trudged 225 kilometers in the dead of winter to retrieve emperor penguin eggs in an effort to establish an evolutionary link between birds and reptiles.

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Protein Sequencing Disputes Linnaeus

By | November 6, 2013

Comparing the proteins of a 300-year-old pickled elephant fetus with modern sequence data challenges Carl Linnaeus’s decision to assign it as the Asian elephant type specimen.

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H7N9’s Lineage

By | May 2, 2013

An analysis of the novel virus indicates it’s descended from at least four different bird flu strains.

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Ancient Organic Molecules Found

By | February 20, 2013

Sea creatures buried alive roughly 340 million years ago have yielded the longest-preserved organic molecules ever discovered in a complete fossil.

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Rethinking Herbal Medicine

By | September 10, 2012

A phylogenetic study of traditional plant remedies could aid drug development.

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A New Branch of Life?

By | May 1, 2012

Researchers investigate a microorganism that may warrant a new eukaryotic kingdom in the classification of life.

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