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Four-legged Snake Fossil Found

By | July 27, 2015

Researchers discover an unprecedented paleontological relic that may just rewrite the book on snake evolution.

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Warming Climate Hurt Megafauna?

By | July 27, 2015

The massive mammals that roamed Earth some 30,000 years ago may have gone extinct as a result of global warming, according to an ancient-DNA study.

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“Feathered Poodle From Hell” Dino Found

By | July 20, 2015

A newly discovered relative of Velociraptor had abundant plumage and birdlike wings.  

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A Smaller World for Bumblebees

By | July 13, 2015

Warming temperatures have shrunk the bumblebee’s geographic range in Europe and North America, a study shows.

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Lizard Swaps Mode of Deciding Its Sex

By | July 1, 2015

Sex assignment in bearded dragons can flip from one based on chromosomes to one driven by temperature, researchers report.

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High-Flying Ducks

By | July 1, 2015

Five species of waterfowl have evolved a variety of adaptations to adjust to the high altitude of South America’s Lake Titicaca.

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How to Make a New Species

By | July 1, 2015

Scientists mutate a mating pheromone and its corresponding receptor in yeast to promote speciation.

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Hunting Off the Hook?

By | July 1, 2015

Historical data shed new light on the possible causes of southern sea lion decline in the Falkland Islands.

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Speaking of Science

By | July 1, 2015

July 2015's selection of notable quotes

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Roos Are Mainly South Paws

By | June 22, 2015

A new study shows that kangaroos are predominantly left-handed.

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