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Mongolian Dinosaurs and the Poaching Problem
David Moscato | Sep 8, 2017
High-profile cases of poached fossils shine a light on the black market for paleontological specimens—and how scientists and governments are trying to stop it.
Fingerprints of Ongoing Human Evolution Found
Shawna Williams | Sep 5, 2017
Genetic variants in Alzheimer’s- and smoking-related genes appear to be under selection pressure, according to a study comparing the genomes of old and young participants.
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
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.
Genomic Analysis Leaves Tardigrade Phylogeny Unclear
Abby Olena | Jul 27, 2017
The genomes of two species of water bears reveal clues about how they persist in extreme conditions, yet don’t resolve the animals’ debated evolutionary story.
Update: Turkish University Allegedly Censors Research Study
Aggie Mika | Jul 25, 2017
A cardiovascular surgeon’s research was rejected for publication because it referenced evolutionary theory, Turkish outlets report, while the university at the center of the tumult claims the story is false.
Islands North of Antarctica Key to Fish Species Diversity
Shawna Williams | Jul 24, 2017
Their waters served as refuges during ice ages, allowing for adaptation and the emergence of new species.
The Unlikely Relationship Between a Brittle Star and a Sea Pansy
Aggie Mika | Jul 17, 2017
The presence of similar light-emitting enzymes in the distantly related organisms lends new insight into bioluminescence evolution.
Neanderthal-Human Interbreeding Got an Early Start
Shawna Williams | Jul 5, 2017
Mitochondrial DNA in Neanderthal bone suggests humans first left Africa earlier than previously thought.
Government Nixes Teaching Evolution in Turkish Schools
Aggie Mika | Jun 23, 2017
Students will not learn the theory in primary and secondary schools nationwide.