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The genomes of two species of water bears reveal clues about how they persist in extreme conditions, yet don’t resolve the animals’ debated evolutionary story.

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Dinosaur Phylogenetic Tree Shake-Up

By | March 24, 2017

An analysis of 74 dinosaur species leads a group of researchers to reorganize the extinct animals’ evolutionary history.

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The Pangenome: Are Single Reference Genomes Dead?

By | December 1, 2016

Researchers are abandoning the concept of a list of genes sequenced from a single individual, instead aiming for a way to describe all the genetic variation within a species.

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Animal Microbiomes Are Unique and Beneficial to Their Hosts

By | November 29, 2016

Survey of 24 animal species suggests that each hosts a custom-tailored microbiome.

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Not Your Average Deer

By | December 4, 2015

A new fossil species helps resolve the evolutionary relationships of an extinct group of ruminants.

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Repositioning Ctenophores

By | December 1, 2015

A reanalysis of phylogenetic data places sponges, rather than comb jellies, back at the base of the animal tree.

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Tree of Life v1.0

By | September 22, 2015

Researchers map 2.3 million species in a single phylogeny. 

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Scales Over Feathers

By | June 3, 2015

A comprehensive analysis of fossilized dinosaur skin samples suggests feathers were not the norm.

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Mistaken Identities

By | January 1, 2015

Researchers are working to automate the arduous task of identifying—and amending—mislabeled sequences in genetic databases.

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New Species Galore

By | December 27, 2014

A look back at the latest microbes, plants, and animals to have secured a spot in science’s known tree of life in 2014

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