Infographic: Microbiome-Driven Adaptations in Animals
Infographic: Microbiome-Driven Adaptations in Animals
Researchers are using experiments and observational studies to look for host genetic variation that could be partly determined by the gut microbiota.
Infographic: Microbiome-Driven Adaptations in Animals
Infographic: Microbiome-Driven Adaptations in Animals

Researchers are using experiments and observational studies to look for host genetic variation that could be partly determined by the gut microbiota.

Researchers are using experiments and observational studies to look for host genetic variation that could be partly determined by the gut microbiota.

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The Inside Guide: The Gut Microbiome’s Role in Host Evolution
The Inside Guide: The Gut Microbiome’s Role in Host Evolution
Catherine Offord | Jul 1, 2021
Bacteria that live in the digestive tracts of animals may influence the adaptive trajectories of their hosts.
Genome Reveals Clues to Giraffes’ “Blatantly Strange” Body Shape
Genome Reveals Clues to Giraffes’ “Blatantly Strange” Body Shape
Amanda Heidt | Mar 19, 2021
The physiological demands of that long neck get support from a gene involved in strengthening bones and blood vessels, researchers find after inserting the sequence in mice.
Certain Color Varieties of a Coral Are More Protected from Bleaching
Certain Color Varieties of a Coral Are More Protected from Bleaching
Lisa Winter | Feb 25, 2021
In yellow-green and purple versions of the reef-building Acropora tenuis, the genes that code for particular fluorescent and other colorful proteins become more active in the summer, protecting symbiotic algae from thermal stress and resisting bleaching.
Shrew Brains Shrink During Winter
Shrew Brains Shrink During Winter
Abby Olena | Dec 3, 2020
The animals kill off around one-quarter of the neurons in their somatosensory cortex, perhaps to save energy, and the cells appear to return the following summer.
Image of the Day: Bubble Suckers
Image of the Day: Bubble Suckers
Amy Schleunes | Feb 28, 2020
Unable to break through the water’s surface, tadpoles have a unique workaround for breathing air.
Circadian Clock Genes Help a Crop Pest Adapt to Climate Change
Circadian Clock Genes Help a Crop Pest Adapt to Climate Change
Emily Makowski | Jan 13, 2020
As global temperatures rise and winters shorten, caterpillars of the corn borer moth are emerging earlier in parts of the US thanks to changes in two genes, researchers find.
Image of the Day: Pika Populations
Image of the Day: Pika Populations
Emily Makowski | Sep 24, 2019
Geography plays a role in how the small mammals adapt to environmental changes.
Image of the Day: Vampire Squid
Image of the Day: Vampire Squid
Emily Makowski | Sep 11, 2019
The unusual cephalopod was spotted on a recent underwater research expedition.
Image of the Day: Hot Stripes
Image of the Day: Hot Stripes
Chia-Yi Hou | Jun 14, 2019
Biologists study how a zebra’s hair helps it keep cool.
Image of the Day: Fight Club
Image of the Day: Fight Club
Carolyn Wilke | Jan 11, 2019
South American hummingbird males were caught on camera poking and pinching each other with bills adapted for fighting.
Image of the Day: Water Flea
Image of the Day: Water Flea
Sukanya Charuchandra | May 29, 2018
A species of water flea in northern Belgium that helps keep algae in check is growing smaller and less abundant in urbanized areas. 
Free Divers From Southeast Asia Evolved Bigger Spleens
Free Divers From Southeast Asia Evolved Bigger Spleens
Anna Azvolinsky | Apr 19, 2018
The adaptation gives better endurance to the Bajau people, known as sea nomads, by increasing spleen size and, in turn, boosting the number of oxygenated red blood cells when diving.  
Hawaiian Spiders on Different Islands Evolved Same Disguise in Parallel
Hawaiian Spiders on Different Islands Evolved Same Disguise in Parallel
Catherine Offord | Mar 8, 2018
In an unusual evolutionary twist, local stick spiders have come up with an almost identical repertoire of color morphs in multiple locations.
Global Patterns of Human Epigenetic Variation
Global Patterns of Human Epigenetic Variation
Ashley Yeager | Aug 28, 2017
A study of five far-flung human populations gives clues to adaptations to environmental pressures.
Pollution Drives Marine Reptile Color Change
Pollution Drives Marine Reptile Color Change
Bob Grant | Aug 11, 2017
The turtle-headed sea snake is losing its stripes, and researchers suggest that the change reflects adaptation to fouled oceans.
Image of the Day: Tiny but Telling Flea
Image of the Day: Tiny but Telling Flea
The Scientist Staff | May 8, 2017
The recently updated genome sequence of the Daphnia pulex can shed more light on how it adapts to stress, environmental toxins, and warming temperatures.
Infographic: Watching Evolution in Real Time
Infographic: Watching Evolution in Real Time
Jef Akst | Apr 30, 2017
Guppies transplanted between different communities in Trinidadian streams evolved in response to changes in predation threat in just a few generations.
Abscisic Acid’s Role in Ferns Finally Determined
Abscisic Acid’s Role in Ferns Finally Determined
Jef Akst | Feb 1, 2017
Researchers solve the mystery of 15-year-old mutant ferns with disrupted sex determination.
Adaptation, Island Style
Adaptation, Island Style
The Scientist Staff | Jan 2, 2017
Anole lizards inhabiting the Caribbean islands display some of the key principles of evolution.