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Opinion: Life’s X Factor

By Nick Lane | August 4, 2015

Did endosymbiosis—and the innovations in membrane bioenergetics it engendered—make it possible for eukaryotic life to evolve?

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Four-legged Snake Fossil Found

By Bob Grant | 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 Jef Akst | 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 Kerry Grens | July 20, 2015

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

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High-Flying Ducks

By Sarah Hewitt | 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 Ruth Williams | July 1, 2015

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

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Speaking of Science

By The Scientist Staff | July 1, 2015

July 2015's selection of notable quotes

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Roos Are Mainly South Paws

By Bob Grant | June 22, 2015

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

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Spider and Centipede Venom Remarkably Similar

By Bob Grant | June 12, 2015

The predatory toxins employed by animals separated by millions of years of evolution are virtually identical, a study shows.

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Tippling Chimps Caught in the Act

By Bob Grant | June 10, 2015

Researchers in Africa observe chimpanzees stealing palm wine from villagers’ cups and imbibing the beverage.

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