cell and molecular biology, evolution, ecology
Tippling Chimps Caught in the Act
Tippling Chimps Caught in the Act
Bob Grant | Jun 10, 2015
Researchers in Africa observe chimpanzees stealing palm wine from villagers’ cups and imbibing the beverage.
Spiky-Headed Dino Discovered
Spiky-Headed Dino Discovered
Bob Grant | Jun 8, 2015
Dubbed “Hellboy,” the triceratops relative sports a bevy of horns on its crested cranium.
Reimagining Humanity
Reimagining Humanity
Ian Tattersall | Jun 1, 2015
As the science of paleoanthropology developed, human evolutionary trees changed as much as the minds that constructed them.
Book Excerpt from <em>The Strange Case of the Rickety Cossack</em>
Book Excerpt from The Strange Case of the Rickety Cossack
Ian Tattersall | Jun 1, 2015
In the prologue, “Lemurs and the Delights of Fieldwork,” author Ian Tattersall shares the paleoanthropological lessons he learned from studying non-human primates in Madagascar.
Capsule Reviews
Capsule Reviews
Bob Grant | Jun 1, 2015
How to Clone a Mammoth, The Upright Thinkers, The Thirteenth Step, and Humankind
Human Genes Can Save Yeast
Human Genes Can Save Yeast
Ruth Williams | May 21, 2015
Replacing yeast genes with their human equivalents reveals functional conservation despite a billion years of divergent evolution.
Fish Make Their Own Sun Protection
Fish Make Their Own Sun Protection
Jenny Rood | May 14, 2015
Zebrafish and other vertebrates have the enzymatic machinery to synthesize gadusol, an ultraviolet light-absorbing compound.
The Evolution of Social Bees
The Evolution of Social Bees
Ruth Williams | May 14, 2015
Scientists describe the genetic changes associated with solitary-to-social transitions throughout bee evolution.
Dino Snouts from Chicken Beaks
Dino Snouts from Chicken Beaks
Bob Grant | May 13, 2015
Researchers tweak gene expression in chicken embryos that may have been crucial to the evolutionary transition from dinosaur noses to bird bills.
Estimating Epigenetic Mutation Rates
Estimating Epigenetic Mutation Rates
Jenny Rood | May 11, 2015
Generation-spanning maps of Arabidopsis thaliana DNA methylation allow researchers to compute how quickly epigenetic marks appear and disappear in the plant’s genome.