New research suggests African monkeys crossed the ocean to South America earlier than previously thought.
April 9, 2020 • ~7 min
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The SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 is constantly mutating. What do this mutations reveal about this virus's evolution? And will this knowledge help us to develop a long-lasting vaccine?
April 6, 2020 • ~7 min
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Using distance to avoid getting sick has deep evolutionary roots for humans and many other species.
April 3, 2020 • ~8 min
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If we are not careful, the coronavirus pandemic could lead to a rise in xenophobic attitudes.
April 2, 2020 • ~16 min
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The evolution of the strong human bond.
March 25, 2020 • ~7 min
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The skull of Oculudentavis, found encased in amber, provides new clues into the transition from dinosaurs to birds and may be smallest of either ever found.
March 11, 2020 • ~7 min
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Modern tomatoes are very different from their wild ancestors – and we found missing links in their evolution
Through genetic detective work, scientists have identified missing links in the tomato’s evolution from a wild blueberry-sized fruit in South America to the larger modern tomato of today.
Jan. 30, 2020 • ~6 min
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