Image of the Day: Structural Colors
Image of the Day: Structural Colors
The films coating buckeye butterflies’ wing scales vary in thickness, creating a broad spectrum of iridescent colors.  
Image of the Day: Structural Colors
Image of the Day: Structural Colors

The films coating buckeye butterflies’ wing scales vary in thickness, creating a broad spectrum of iridescent colors.  

The films coating buckeye butterflies’ wing scales vary in thickness, creating a broad spectrum of iridescent colors.  

horizontal gene transfer, evolution
Image of the Day: Ancient Fiber Technology
Image of the Day: Ancient Fiber Technology
Amy Schleunes | Apr 13, 2020
Researchers discover a fragment of cord between 41,000 and 52,000 years old that points to Neanderthals’ complex cognitive abilities.
Another Ancient Primate Lineage Sailed to South America
Another Ancient Primate Lineage Sailed to South America
Lisa Winter | Apr 10, 2020
A new fossil discovery indicates a second primate group also traversed the Atlantic millions of years ago on a raft of vegetation.
Image of the Day: Slow-Growing Brains
Image of the Day: Slow-Growing Brains
Amy Schleunes | Apr 8, 2020
Scans of eight fossilized adult and infant Australopithecus afarensis skulls reveal a prolonged period of brain growth during development that may have set the stage for extended childhood learning in later hominins.
Aquatic Apes?
Aquatic Apes?
The Scientist Staff | Apr 1, 2020
Watch Reading Frames author Peter Rhys-Evans and documentarian Sir David Attenborough discuss the book The Waterside Ape and the impact it may have on our understanding of human evolution.
Infographic: Researchers Take Aim at Cancer Evolution
Infographic: Researchers Take Aim at Cancer Evolution
Catherine Offord | Apr 1, 2020
Strategies to trick, manipulate, and direct the evolution of tumors
Cancer Researchers Use Evolution to Target Drug Resistance
Cancer Researchers Use Evolution to Target Drug Resistance
Catherine Offord | Apr 1, 2020
New therapeutic approaches in oncology aim to manipulate or block cancer’s adaptation to treatment.
Image of the Day: Plumage Patterns
Image of the Day: Plumage Patterns
Amy Schleunes | Mar 23, 2020
An island songbird evolved into five populations of different color variants despite inhabiting territories just 10 kilometers apart.
Image of the Day: Wonderchicken<br>
Image of the Day: Wonderchicken
Amy Schleunes | Mar 20, 2020
A newly discovered fossilized skull is between 66.8 million and 66.7 million years old and bears similarities to modern-day chickens and ducks.
Image of the Day: Tiny Dinosaur
Image of the Day: Tiny Dinosaur
Amy Schleunes | Mar 16, 2020
A roughly 99-million-year-old piece of amber from northern Myanmar contains the skull of what appears to represent the smallest known dinosaur of the Mesozoic era.
Image of the Day: Vestibular System
Image of the Day: Vestibular System
Amy Schleunes | Mar 13, 2020
The inner ear cavity proves to be a useful tool for studying the evolutionary relationships among monkeys, apes, and humans.
Image of the Day: Turtle Ant Soldiers
Image of the Day: Turtle Ant Soldiers
Amy Schleunes | Mar 12, 2020
Big heads come in handy when the social insects are tasked with defending their nest.
Beetle Larvae Can Survive on Polystyrene Alone
Beetle Larvae Can Survive on Polystyrene Alone
Nayanah Siva | Mar 11, 2020
Also known as superworms, the scavengers are able to digest the plastic, opening up the possibility of harnessing their abilities to help tackle our pollution crisis.
Image of the Day: Filament Networks
Image of the Day: Filament Networks
Amy Schleunes | Mar 11, 2020
Fossils from Newfoundland, Canada, reveal the extensive connections that existed among Earth’s earliest, sea-dwelling animals.
Image of the Day: Scorpionfly Fossils
Image of the Day: Scorpionfly Fossils
Amy Schleunes | Mar 10, 2020
A piece of ancient amber found in a small Burmese village holds preserved remains that indicate this family of insects survived longer than the Early Cretaceous, as previously believed.
Image of the Day: Hairy Cicada
Image of the Day: Hairy Cicada
Amy Schleunes | Mar 5, 2020
A single fossilized forewing belonging to a newly named cicada species that lived roughly 100 million years ago was unearthed at an abandoned Canadian mine.
Image of the Day: Protodogs
Image of the Day: Protodogs
Amy Schleunes | Mar 4, 2020
An analysis of microwear patterns in fossilized canid teeth supports the theory that early dogs and wolves had distinct diets.
Swamp Wallabies Can Have Two Separate Pregnancies at Once
Swamp Wallabies Can Have Two Separate Pregnancies at Once
Lisa Winter | Mar 3, 2020
Before the joey is born, another pregnancy has already started.
Image of the Day: Foot Biomechanics
Image of the Day: Foot Biomechanics
Amy Schleunes | Mar 2, 2020
A new study highlights the importance of the transverse arch in regulating the stiffness of the human foot.
Genomics Reveals How Humans Can Inadvertently Drive Plant Mimicry
Genomics Reveals How Humans Can Inadvertently Drive Plant Mimicry
Shawna Williams | Mar 1, 2020
Hand weeding of fields spurred an interloper to evolve a rice-like appearance, researchers conclude.