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Evolution

Many genetic mutations in visual pigments, spread over millions of years, were required for humans to evolve from a primitive mammal with a dim,...
The KISS concept—keep it simple, stupid—may work for many situations. However, when it comes to evolution, complexity appears to be key for...
Examination of DNA from 21 primate species -- from squirrel monkeys to humans -- exposes an evolutionary war against infectious bacteria over iron...
The most ambitious genetic study ever undertaken on bird evolution has found that almost all modern birds diversified after the dinosaurs became...
Birds that are related, such as Darwin's finches, but that vary in beak size and behavior specially evolved to their habitat are examples of a...
The tree has been an effective model of evolution for 150 years, but a Rice Univ. computer scientist believes it’s far too simple to illustrate the...
The time and date of the origin of insects and their pattern of evolution and survival over millions of years is revealed in a new study, published...
Politics can have unintentional evolutionary consequences that may cause hastily issued policies to cascade into global, multigenerational problems,...
A new idea about the origin of complex life turns current theories inside out. In the open access journal BMC Biology, cousins Buzz and David Baum...
Scientists working on islands in Florida have documented the rapid evolution of a native lizard species — in as little as 15 years — as a result of...

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