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Genetic Analysis Reveals the Evolutionary History of Dogs
Diana Kwon | Apr 26, 2017
By analyzing the genomes of 161 dog breeds, scientists discover how and when certain canine breeds emerged.
Texas Education Board Reaches Compromise on Science Standards
Kerry Grens | Apr 24, 2017
The state’s board of education approves new standards that ease up on having students dig into scientific issues relevant to “intelligent design” arguments.
New Giant Virus Group Reported
Diana Kwon | Apr 6, 2017
A genomic analysis of “Klosneuviruses” suggests that they evolved from small viruses that accumulated genetic material over time, but not all virologists are convinced.
Study: Diet Contributes to Brain Size
Diana Kwon | Mar 29, 2017
The results of a historical primate behavior analysis suggest that species with fruit-filled diets evolved larger brains.
Dinosaur Phylogenetic Tree Shake-Up
Jef Akst | Mar 24, 2017
An analysis of 74 dinosaur species leads a group of researchers to reorganize the extinct animals’ evolutionary history.
Sharks May Have Evolved from Acanthodians
Joshua A. Krisch | Mar 14, 2017
Analysis of an ancient shark fossil provides the strongest evidence to date that modern sharks derive from a class of 400 million–year-old bony fish.
Vision Helped Ancestral Fish Adapt to Life on Land
Diana Kwon | Mar 8, 2017
“Buena vista” hypothesis suggests that changes in the sizes of eyes, rather than a shift from fins to limbs, led fish to transition to land more than 300 million years ago.
“Father of Organ Transplantation” Dies
Jef Akst | Mar 6, 2017
Thomas Starzl performed the first successful human liver transplant in 1967 and went on to help develop drugs that improved survival for organ transplant patients.
Understanding the Roots of Human Musicality
Catherine Offord | Mar 1, 2017
Researchers are using multiple methods to study the origins of humans’ capacity to process and produce music, and there’s no shortage of debate about the results.
Diana Kwon | Feb 27, 2017
A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research