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The Rise of Heads

By | May 11, 2015

A 500 million-year-old brain fossil yields clues to the evolution of heads.


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Renowned Molecular Biologist Dies

By | May 6, 2015

Alexander Rich, discoverer of Z-DNA, the RNA-DNA double helix, and the structure of collagen, has passed away at age 90.


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Oldest Ancestor of Modern Birds Found

By | May 6, 2015

Fossils of a new species discovered in China suggest birds developed 6 million years earlier than previously thought.

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Winged Dino Found?

By | May 1, 2015

Researchers describe a small species that may have soared through Jurassic skies on membranous wings like those of bats and flying squirrels.


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Similar Strokes

By | April 29, 2015

Physics drove the convergent evolution of swimming in 22 unrelated marine species, a study suggests.


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Citrus History

By | April 16, 2015

An analysis of 34 chloroplast genomes reveals how and when modern fruit varieties evolved from a common ancestor.


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Behavior Brief

By | April 8, 2015

A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research


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Capsule Reviews

By | April 1, 2015

Junk DNA, Cuckoo, Sapiens, and Cool


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Ebola Mutation Rate Quibble

By | March 27, 2015

A study suggests that the virus may not be evolving as quickly as a previous group estimated.


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Researchers Unearth Cervantes’s Tomb

By | March 19, 2015

A convent in Madrid may contain some of the Spanish literary giant’s remains, forensic experts say.

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