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A closer moon and ideal coastal conditions for tide pool formation may have started the evolutionary transition of tetrapods.

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Poecilia formosa, an all-female fish species, has a surprisingly robust genome. 

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Romeo the Frog

By The Scientist Staff | February 14, 2018

When forlorn mating calls went unanswered, biologists set him up with an online dating profile.

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An Enduring Partnership

By Bob Grant | February 1, 2018

Humanity would be nothing without plants. It’s high time we recognize their crucial role in sustaining life on Earth.

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Coral Sperm Banker

By The Scientist Staff | February 1, 2018

Mary Hagedorn is racing to save Earth’s coral reefs by developing techniques for freezing the colonial animals’ gametes.

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Over the past seven years, Xiao-Long Lin has characterized nearly 70 new species of nonbiting midges and developed DNA barcodes to aid in future ecological surveys.

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Researchers Catalog Earth’s Microbiome

By Katarina Zimmer | February 1, 2018

The new database includes data from 27,000 samples collected at sites ranging from Alaskan permafrost to the ocean floor.

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Researchers Cryopreserve Coral Sperm

By Catherine Offord | February 1, 2018

A project aims to preserve samples of the climate change–vulnerable animals for future restoration.

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Puerto Rico’s Cayo Santiago has hosted decades of research in cognition, primatology, immunization, and other areas.

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Image of the Day: Ectopic Wings

By The Scientist Staff | January 24, 2018

Insect wings may have evolved from multiple origins, say researchers.

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