<em>Alu </em>Leap May Explain Why Apes Don&rsquo;t Have Tails
Alu Leap May Explain Why Apes Don’t Have Tails
A transposable element that jumped into the TBXT gene, which is linked to tail morphology, appears to be to blame for our missing appendage.
Alu Leap May Explain Why Apes Don’t Have Tails
Alu Leap May Explain Why Apes Don’t Have Tails

A transposable element that jumped into the TBXT gene, which is linked to tail morphology, appears to be to blame for our missing appendage.

A transposable element that jumped into the TBXT gene, which is linked to tail morphology, appears to be to blame for our missing appendage.

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Shane Campbell-Staton Dissects the Anthropocene
Shane Campbell-Staton Dissects the Anthropocene
Lisa Winter | Sep 1, 2021
The Princeton University evolutionary biologist studies how animals are changing due to human activity.
Indigenous Filipino Group Has Highest Known Denisovan Ancestry
Indigenous Filipino Group Has Highest Known Denisovan Ancestry
Annie Melchor | Aug 13, 2021
Researchers found the relatively high proportion of DNA from a hominin cousin—nearly 5 percent—when they scanned more than 1,000 genomes from 118 distinct ethnic groups.
Gene Offers Clue to How Human Labor Starts
Gene Offers Clue to How Human Labor Starts
Christie Wilcox | Aug 1, 2021
Genes associated with preterm birth and protecting the fetus from the mother’s immune system appear to be regulated by HAND2.
Evolutionary Biologist Richard Lewontin Dies at 92
Evolutionary Biologist Richard Lewontin Dies at 92
Annie Melchor | Jul 8, 2021
The Harvard University evolutionary biologist pioneered the use of protein gel electrophoresis to study molecular genetics.  
Infographic: Microbiome-Driven Adaptations in Animals
Infographic: Microbiome-Driven Adaptations in Animals
Catherine Offord | Jul 1, 2021
Researchers are using experiments and observational studies to look for host genetic variation that could be partly determined by the gut microbiota.
The Inside Guide: The Gut Microbiome&rsquo;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.
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&ldquo;Dragon Man&rdquo; May Replace Neanderthal as Our Closest Relative
“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.
Deadly Facial Tumors Spur Tasmanian Devil Evolution: Study
Deadly Facial Tumors Spur Tasmanian Devil Evolution: Study
Christie Wilcox | Jun 16, 2021
The largest study to date of the animals’ genetics provides robust evidence that they are adapting to survive a highly lethal, contagious cancer scientists feared would cause their extinction.
Salamander Expert David Wake Dies at 84
Salamander Expert David Wake Dies at 84
Lisa Winter | May 21, 2021
Throughout his career, the University of California, Berkeley, herpetologist named 144 species of salamanders.
Whole-Genome Data Point to Four Species of Giraffe
Whole-Genome Data Point to Four Species of Giraffe
Ruth Williams | May 6, 2021
The genome sequences of 51 giraffes from all over Africa contribute to the latest attempt in an ongoing pursuit to pin down a species number.
Infographic: Animals of Different Species Hybridize
Infographic: Animals of Different Species Hybridize
Ashley Yeager | May 1, 2021
The offspring of crosses between related species can sometimes fill a new environmental niche, and such hybridizations may even lead to speciation.
Hybrid Animals Are Not Nature&rsquo;s Misfits
Hybrid Animals Are Not Nature’s Misfits
Ashley Yeager | May 1, 2021
In the 20th century, animals such as mules and ligers that had parents of different species were considered biological flukes, but genetic sequencing is beginning to unravel the critical role of hybridization in evolution.
&ldquo;Rogue&rdquo; Protein Could Contribute to Humans&rsquo; High Cancer Rates
“Rogue” Protein Could Contribute to Humans’ High Cancer Rates
Asher Jones | Apr 1, 2021
A mutant protein called Siglec-XII may promote carcinoma progression in humans, but inactivation of its gene seems to avoid the problem, according to a study.
Free Fallin&rsquo;: How Scientists Study Unrestrained Insects
Free Fallin’: How Scientists Study Unrestrained Insects
Amanda Heidt | Mar 1, 2021
Researchers are pulling from video games, sports broadcasting, meteorology, and even missile guidance technology to better investigate how insects have mastered flight.
Infographic: VR, Radar, and Other Tricks for Studying Insects
Infographic: VR, Radar, and Other Tricks for Studying Insects
Amanda Heidt | Mar 1, 2021
Researchers are getting creative to understand flight behavior in the fast-moving and tiny animals.
Questions Raised About How an Ancient Hominin Moved
Questions Raised About How an Ancient Hominin Moved
Abby Olena | Feb 24, 2021
A new analysis of the hand of the 4.4-million-year-old partial skeleton of Ardipithecus ramidus indicates that the human ancestor may have climbed and swung through trees like chimpanzees do.
Regulators of Gene Activity in Animals Are Deeply Conserved
Regulators of Gene Activity in Animals Are Deeply Conserved
Amanda Heidt | Nov 6, 2020
Enhancers, short regions of DNA that direct gene expression, of species separated by 700 million years of evolution worked interchangeably, according to a new study.
How a Centipede Survives its Own Species&rsquo; Venom
How a Centipede Survives its Own Species’ Venom
Shawna Williams | Nov 1, 2020
The same toxin targets different receptors in prey and conspecifics to deliver either a lethal or non-lethal blow.