Single white snowdrop flower
Plants in UK Bloom a Month Earlier Than in 1980s: Study
Scientists warn that climate change–induced early flowering could have negative effects on wildlife, agriculture, and gardening.
ABOVE: © ISTOCK.COM, Andrew Linscott
Plants in UK Bloom a Month Earlier Than in 1980s: Study
Plants in UK Bloom a Month Earlier Than in 1980s: Study

Scientists warn that climate change–induced early flowering could have negative effects on wildlife, agriculture, and gardening.

Scientists warn that climate change–induced early flowering could have negative effects on wildlife, agriculture, and gardening.

ABOVE: © ISTOCK.COM, Andrew Linscott

Biogeography

Dongsha Atoll in the South China Sea
Ubiquitous Little Earthworms Might Have Got Around on Driftwood
Annie Melchor | Nov 1, 2021
Researchers also tried placing the worms on pigeons as part of a study aiming to uncover how the tiny invertebrates ended up all around the world.
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An artist's depiction of a new species of Homo, H. longi
“Dragon Man” May Replace Neanderthal as Our Closest Relative
Amanda Heidt | Jun 25, 2021
A massive, well-preserved skull discovered in China in the 1930s belongs to a new species called Homo longi, researchers report, but experts remain skeptical about the evidence.
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.
Geography of Genetic Diversity
Rina Shaikh-Lesko | Sep 29, 2016
Mammals and amphibians show greater intraspecific genetic diversity in the tropics compared with temperate regions.
A Beast from the East
Bob Grant | Dec 2, 2015
Researchers unearth a dog-size, horned dinosaur from eastern North America, whose features suggest evolutionary isolation from western dinos.
Evolution’s Stowaways
Alan de Queiroz | Jan 1, 2014
Terrestrial mammals, carnivorous plants, and even burrowing reptiles have spread around the globe by braving the seven seas. These chance ocean crossings are rewriting the story of Earth’s biogeography.
Contributors
Abby Olena and Tracy Vence | Jan 1, 2014
Meet some of the people featured in the January 2014 issue of The Scientist.
Book Excerpt from The Monkey’s Voyage
Alan de Queiroz | Dec 31, 2013
In Chapter 7, “The Green Web,” author Alan de Queiroz describes the evolutionary journey taken by a South American species of sundew plant.
Microbial Terroir
Abby Olena | Nov 26, 2013
Researchers show that microbes on the surface and stems of wine grapes are nonrandomly associated with the plant’s variety and geographic region.