Spiny pollen evolved to ‘velcro’ onto bumble bees

A wild dandelion's spiny pollen has evolved to attach to traveling bumblebees, report researchers.

Eric Stann-Missouri • futurity
May 20, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: science-and-technology bees evolution flowers insects plants pollen pollinators

Global cold spell changed rice forever 4,200 years ago

Researchers have written "a first draft of the story of how rice dispersed across Asia." It includes a major cooling event that forced rice's evolution.

Rachel Harrison-NYU • futurity
May 18, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: earth-and-environment featured climate-change evolution food rice temperature

Loss of predators make it harder for prey to adapt

When predators die off, their prey may have trouble adapting to future environments. That could have serious consequences for ecosystems.

U. Zurich • futurity
May 12, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: earth-and-environment evolution extinction parasites predators

Loss of predators make it harder for prey to adapt

When predators die off, their prey may have trouble adapting to future environments. That could have serious consequences for ecosystems.

U. Zurich • futurity
May 12, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: earth-and-environment evolution extinction parasites predators

Lizard toepads grew in response to hurricanes

The first study to demonstrate evolutionary response to hurricanes on a wide geographic scale focuses on anoles and the size of their toepads.

Talia Ogliore-WUSTL • futurity
May 4, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: science-and-technology evolution feet hurricanes lizards

New book charts the evolution of fatherhood

A new book breaks down how fatherhood has evolved, what it looks like today, and where it's headed in the future.

Jennifer Rainey Marquez-Georgia State • futurity
April 23, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: society-and-culture babies evolution families fathers parents

Gene discovery only adds to pregnancy mystery

"Pregnancy is such an everyday event—none of us would be here without it—and yet, so many aspects of this process remain puzzling."

Charlotte Hsu-Buffalo • futurity
April 21, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: health-and-medicine evolution genes hormones pregnancy

Do scientists build ‘trees of life’ with faulty methods?

Long-used approaches for reconstructing evolutionary paths, or "trees of life," are deeply flawed, say researchers in a new paper.

Jim Barlow-Oregon • futurity
April 17, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: science-and-technology evolution extinction fossils new-species

Modern humans and Neanderthals share tangled genetic past

New research adds to growing evidence that our ancestors interbred with Neanderthals not just once, but over and over again throughout history.

Charlotte Hsu-Buffalo • futurity
April 7, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: science-and-technology ancient-history dna early-humans evolution neanderthals

Oldest human genetic data may expand our ‘family tree’

The oldest human genetic data ever recovered could shed light on the evolution of our ancestors and clarify the branches of the human family tree.

Mathias Traczyk-Copenhagen • futurity
April 2, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: science-and-technology dna early-humans evolution fossils neanderthals

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