evolutionary biology
Owl Be Darned
Owl Be Darned
The Scientist Staff | Dec 4, 2015
Researchers studying city-dwelling birds are learning about which animals are more suited to urban life.
Not Your Average Deer
Not Your Average Deer
Karen Zusi | Dec 4, 2015
A new fossil species helps resolve the evolutionary relationships of an extinct group of ruminants.
Urban Owl-Fitters
Urban Owl-Fitters
Jef Akst | Dec 1, 2015
How birds with an innate propensity for living among humans are establishing populations in cities
Capsule Reviews
Capsule Reviews
Bob Grant | Dec 1, 2015
Welcome to the Microbiome, The Paradox of Evolution, Newton's Apple, and Dawn of the Neuron.
Pumpkins Saved By People?
Pumpkins Saved By People?
Jef Akst | Nov 25, 2015
Domestication may have saved pumpkins, gourds, and squash as seed dispersers like the mastodon went extinct. 
Rethinking the Rise of Mammals
Rethinking the Rise of Mammals
Bobby Bascomb | Nov 16, 2015
Mammals diversified 30 million years later than previously estimated, according to a new analysis of an ancient fossil.
Shingo Kajimura: Fishing for Answers
Shingo Kajimura: Fishing for Answers
Karen Zusi | Nov 1, 2015
Assistant Professor, Department of Cell and Tissue Biology, University of California, San Francisco. Age: 39
Life Before 4 Billion Years Ago?
Life Before 4 Billion Years Ago?
Jef Akst | Oct 20, 2015
A new estimate of the origin of life on Earth pushes back the date by 300 million years.
Tree of Life v1.0
Tree of Life v1.0
Jef Akst | Sep 22, 2015
Researchers map 2.3 million species in a single phylogeny. 
Parasite’s Genes Persist in Host Genomes
Parasite’s Genes Persist in Host Genomes
Rina Shaikh-Lesko | Sep 17, 2015
Researchers find evidence of gene flow from parasitoid wasps to the butterflies and moths they lay eggs in.