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Using simulations, scientists report that a mixture of termites and plant competition may be responsible for the strange patterns of earth surrounded by plants in the Namib desert. 


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Baboons Can Make Sounds Found in Human Speech

By Diana Kwon | January 13, 2017

The findings suggest language may have started to evolve millions of years earlier than once thought.  


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Adaptation, Island Style

By The Scientist Staff | January 3, 2017

Anole lizards inhabiting the Caribbean islands display some of the key principles of evolution.


The small lizards adapted to unique niches among dozens of isles.

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How an Invasive Bee Managed to Thrive in Australia

By Ben Andrew Henry | January 1, 2017

The Asian honeybee should have been crippled by low genetic diversity, but thanks to natural selection it thrived.

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The public may still believe that male-specific traits, such as high testosterone levels, lead to many of the gender inequalities that exist in society, but science tells a different story.


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Fruit Bats Argue Using Nuanced Communication

By Ben Andrew Henry | December 29, 2016

Audio recordings of bats hashing out disputes reveals that their calls are laden with information about identity and intent.


Standard taxonomy lumps together bird species that should be separate, a new study suggests, raising the total number of estimated species from 9,000 to 18,000.

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A Tale of Two Tails

By Joshua A. Krisch | December 7, 2016

An analysis of ancient fish fossils suggests that mammalian and fish tails are fundamentally different structures, each with unique evolutionary histories.

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Trumping Science: Part II

By Bob Grant | December 6, 2016

As Inauguration Day nears, scientists and science advocates are voicing their unease with the Trump Administration’s potential effects on research.


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