Infographic: How Cities Influence Evolution
Infographic: How Cities Influence Evolution
Urban environments are driving genetic changes in resident species through multiple mechanisms, from establishing gene flow barriers to exerting novel selection pressures.
Infographic: How Cities Influence Evolution
Infographic: How Cities Influence Evolution

Urban environments are driving genetic changes in resident species through multiple mechanisms, from establishing gene flow barriers to exerting novel selection pressures.

Urban environments are driving genetic changes in resident species through multiple mechanisms, from establishing gene flow barriers to exerting novel selection pressures.

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Human Birth Canal Varies More Widely than Previously Thought
Human Birth Canal Varies More Widely than Previously Thought
Anna Azvolinsky | Oct 24, 2018
The pelvic bones of women have been shaped more by random evolution than by natural selection, a new study finds.
Global Patterns of Human Epigenetic Variation
Global Patterns of Human Epigenetic Variation
Ashley Yeager | Aug 28, 2017
A study of five far-flung human populations gives clues to adaptations to environmental pressures.
Pollution Drives Marine Reptile Color Change
Pollution Drives Marine Reptile Color Change
Bob Grant | Aug 11, 2017
The turtle-headed sea snake is losing its stripes, and researchers suggest that the change reflects adaptation to fouled oceans.
Evolution May Have Deleted Neanderthal DNA
Evolution May Have Deleted Neanderthal DNA
Joshua A. Krisch | Nov 8, 2016
Natural selection may be behind the dearth of Neanderthal DNA in modern humans.
On Becoming Human
On Becoming Human
Mary Beth Aberlin | Aug 1, 2016
Some thoughts on going to the Galápagos
Humans Never Stopped Evolving
Humans Never Stopped Evolving
John Hawks | Aug 1, 2016
The emergence of blood abnormalities, an adult ability to digest milk, and changes in our physical appearance point to the continued evolution of the human race.
Contributors
Contributors
Karen Zusi | Jan 1, 2016
Meet some of the people featured in the January 2016 issue of The Scientist.
Computer Science Pioneer Dies
Computer Science Pioneer Dies
Amanda B. Keener | Aug 21, 2015
John Henry Holland, who developed genetic algorithms, has passed away. He was 86.
Adapting to Arsenic
Adapting to Arsenic
Ashley P. Taylor | Jun 1, 2015
Andean communities may have evolved the ability to metabolize arsenic, a trait that could be the first documented example of a toxic substance acting as an agent of natural selection in humans.