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Tree of Life v1.0
Jef Akst | Sep 22, 2015
Researchers map 2.3 million species in a single phylogeny.
Scales Over Feathers
Amanda B. Keener | Jun 3, 2015
A comprehensive analysis of fossilized dinosaur skin samples suggests feathers were not the norm.
Kerry Grens | Dec 31, 2014
Researchers are working to automate the arduous task of identifying—and amending—mislabeled sequences in genetic databases.
New Species Galore
Jef Akst | Dec 26, 2014
A look back at the latest microbes, plants, and animals to have secured a spot in science’s known tree of life in 2014
The Rise of Color
Jef Akst | Jul 1, 2014
An analysis of modern birds reveals that carotenoid-based plumage coloring arose several times throughout their evolutionary history, dating as far back as 66 million years ago.
Rina Shaikh-Lesko | Mar 12, 2014
A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research
Harrowing Egg Hunt, 1911
Chris Palmer | Nov 30, 2013
Three members of Robert Falcon Scott’s Terra Nova Antarctic expedition team trudged 225 kilometers in the dead of winter to retrieve emperor penguin eggs in an effort to establish an evolutionary link between birds and reptiles.
Protein Sequencing Disputes Linnaeus
Jef Akst | Nov 6, 2013
Comparing the proteins of a 300-year-old pickled elephant fetus with modern sequence data challenges Carl Linnaeus’s decision to assign it as the Asian elephant type specimen.
Kate Yandell | May 2, 2013
An analysis of the novel virus indicates it’s descended from at least four different bird flu strains.
Ancient Organic Molecules Found
Dan Cossins | Feb 19, 2013
Sea creatures buried alive roughly 340 million years ago have yielded the longest-preserved organic molecules ever discovered in a complete fossil.