Fake ‘grammar’ shows apes get language basics

New research suggests that the cognitive elements of language developed more than 40 million years ago in our primate ancestors.

U. Zurich • futurity
yesterday ~6 min

Tags: evolution language science-and-technology apes

Little bat-winged dinos could glide, but not fly

Two small dinosaurs with bat-like wings, Yi and Ambopteryx, couldn't take the air as well as birds.

Shirley Cardenas-McGill • futurity
Oct. 22, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: evolution birds dinosaurs fossils science-and-technology flight

Cricket ‘singing’ has been the same for 300 million years

Crickets, katydids, and grasshoppers have been singing the same tune for more than 300 million years, a new study shows.

Adam Russell-TAMU • futurity
Oct. 13, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: evolution insects fossils communication sound science-and-technology

Does mating explain variation in great ape Y chromosomes?

New research indicates rapid evolution in some great ape Y chromosomes, but not others. The scientists wonder if mating habits are why.

Sam Sholtis-Penn State • futurity
Oct. 7, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: dna evolution chimpanzees gorillas science-and-technology mating apes chromosomes

Genetic cousin might save singing dogs from extinction

The New Guinea singing dog was thought to be extinct in the wild, but new research shows they're nearly identical to another dog.

Jennifer Gauntt - Texas A&M • futurity
Oct. 1, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: evolution conservation dogs endangered-species earth-and-environment

Genetic cousin might save singing dogs from extinction

The New Guinea singing dog was thought to be extinct in the wild, but new research shows they're nearly identical to another dog.

Jennifer Gauntt - Texas A&M • futurity
Oct. 1, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: evolution conservation dogs endangered-species earth-and-environment

Immune molecule may keep mouse brains running right

In a surprising brain-body connection, immune cells make a molecule called il-17 that may be vital for normal brain function, a study with mice shows.

Tamara Bhandari-Washington University • futurity
Sept. 23, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: evolution anxiety brains science-and-technology immune-systems

How gross ‘chastity belts’ shape butterfly evolution

After mating, some male butterflies seal their mate's genitalia. But females have evolved ways of fighting back or getting around the "mating plug."

Natalie van Hoose-Florida • futurity
Sept. 22, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: evolution biodiversity butterflies science-and-technology mating

Do big tadpoles become big frogs?

"We wanted to know, do large frogs have large tadpoles and small frogs small tadpoles, or are the sizes between the two decoupled?'"

Daniel Stolte-Arizona • futurity
Sept. 11, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: evolution frogs amphibians science-and-technology

How ants and bacteria teamed up to become one life form

New insights into how ants and bacteria became a single organism may lead to a better understanding of the origin of complex organisms, researchers report.

Katherine Gombay-McGill • futurity
Sept. 8, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: evolution bacteria ants science-and-technology symbiosis

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