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Paleoproteomics Opens a Window into the Past

By Catherine Offord | March 1, 2018

Researchers are looking to proteins to explore the biology of ancient organisms, from medieval humans all the way back to dinosaurs.


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Do Pathogens Gain Virulence as Hosts Become More Resistant?

By Andrew F. Read and Peter J. Kerr | October 1, 2017

Emerging infections provide clues about how pathogens might evolve when farm animals are protected from infection.

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From fish harvests to cottonwood forests, organisms display evidence that species change can occur on timescales that can influence ecological processes.


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Understanding the Roots of Human Musicality

By Catherine Offord | March 1, 2017

Researchers are using multiple methods to study the origins of humans’ capacity to process and produce music, and there’s no shortage of debate about the results.

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Decoding Human Accelerated Regions

By Katherine S. Pollard | August 1, 2016

Do the portions of our genomes that set us apart from other animals hold the secret to human evolution?


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Humans Never Stopped Evolving

By John Hawks | August 1, 2016

The emergence of blood abnormalities, an adult ability to digest milk, and changes in our physical appearance point to the continued evolution of the human race.


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Who Sleeps?

By Jerome Siegel and The Scientist Staff | March 1, 2016

Once believed to be unique to birds and mammals, sleep is found across the metazoan kingdom. Some animals, it seems, can’t live without it, though no one knows exactly why.


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Aural History

By Geoffrey A. Manley | September 1, 2015

The form and function of the ears of modern land vertebrates cannot be understood without knowing how they evolved.

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The Genetics of Society

By Claire Asher and Seirian Sumner | January 1, 2015

Researchers aim to unravel the molecular mechanisms by which a single genotype gives rise to diverse castes in eusocial organisms.


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The Rainbow Connection

By Kerry Grens | October 1, 2014

Color vision as we know it resulted from one fortuitous genetic event after another.


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