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The 19th century biologist’s drawings, tainted by scandal, helped bolster, then later dismiss, his biogenetic law.

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Learning Your Stripes

By | May 1, 2017

Science’s lowest common denominator has always been patterns.

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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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Guppies transplanted between different communities in Trinidadian streams evolved in response to changes in predation threat in just a few generations.

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By analyzing the genomes of 161 dog breeds, scientists discover how and when certain canine breeds emerged.

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The state’s board of education approves new standards that ease up on having students dig into scientific issues relevant to “intelligent design” arguments.

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Image of the Day: Giant Shipworm

By | April 19, 2017

Kuphus polythalamia is a worm-like mollusk that can reach up to 155 cm in length, is encased in a hard, tusk-like shell, and lives in sulfur-rich mud.

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Image of the Day: Sonic Snapper

By | April 12, 2017

By rapidly snapping its large claw shut, the newly discovered pistol shrimp, Synalpheus pinkfloydi, can create enough sonic energy to stun—even kill—small fish.

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New Giant Virus Group Reported

By | April 6, 2017

A genomic analysis of “Klosneuviruses” suggests that they evolved from small viruses that accumulated genetic material over time, but not all virologists are convinced. 

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Study: Diet Contributes to Brain Size

By | March 30, 2017

The results of a historical primate behavior analysis suggest that species with fruit-filled diets evolved larger brains.

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