Gene changes may save some bats from white-nose syndrome

A new study presents the first genetic evidence of resistance in little brown bats to the deadly fungal disease white-nose syndrome.

Jim Erickson-Michigan | Feb. 21, 2020 | futurity
~7 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment featured bats conservation endangered-species evolution fungus natural-selection

Butterflies can pass acquired traits to the next generation

It defies past thinking about evolution, but new research documents the inheritance of acquired traits among butterflies.

National University of Singapore | Feb. 12, 2020 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology butterflies evolution insects smells

Tests suggest our ancestors could’ve eaten super hard food

Tests with orangutan teeth indicate that our early human ancestors could have eaten some really hard plant parts.

Talia Ogliore-WUSTL | Jan. 27, 2020 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology early-humans evolution food orangutans seeds teeth

When did animals first begin to bark, chirp, and moo?

When and why did animals evolve the ability to shout, bark, or bellow? Researchers looked at hundreds of millions of years of evolution to find out.

Daniel Stolte-Arizona | Jan. 27, 2020 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology communication evolution sounds

Team sequences genome of elusive giant squid

Scientists have sequenced the entire genome of the giant squid, a 10-armed invertebrate believed to grow up to 42 feet and weigh close to 2,000 pounds.

Anders Buch-Larsen-Copenhagen | Jan. 16, 2020 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology evolution genomes sequencing squid

Ancient gut fossil is the oldest one yet

A 550-million-year-old fossilized digestive tract could shed light on the early history of animals on Earth and a key moment in evolution.

Eric Stann-Missouri | Jan. 14, 2020 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology digestive-system early-earth evolution fossils

Water lily genome holds clues to flower plant evolution

The genome sequence of a water lily sheds light on the early evolution of angiosperms, the group of all flowering plants.

Sam Sholtis-Penn State | Jan. 3, 2020 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology evolution flowers genes genomes plants

How fish fins evolved on the way to land-ready limbs

Fossils of ancient fish are giving resarchers a clearer picture of the time of transition from fish fins to limbs fit for walking on land.

Matt Wood-U. Chicago | Dec. 31, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology evolution fins fish

Dog brains process numbers a bit like ours do

Dogs process numerical quantities in a brain region similar to the one humans use, which could shed light on the evolution of "numerosity."

Carol Clark-Emory | Dec. 18, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology brains dogs evolution mathematics numbers

Whale fossil bridges gap between foot- and tail-powered swimming

A 35 million-year-old whale fossil is a brand new species and represents an intermediate stage between foot- and tail-powered swimming.

Jim Erickson-Michigan | Dec. 13, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology evolution fossils swimming whales

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