Arboretum examines climate change’s impact on maple trees

Researchers at Arboretum studying how maple trees are adapting to climate change.

Deborah Blackwell • harvard
Aug. 5, 2020 ~12 min

Tags: science-technology evolution climate-change environments-sustainability arnold-arboretum research al-kovaleski jake-grossman maples

Was Charles Darwin first? Kind of depends

Charles Darwin’s work arose in an era where many were thinking about the source of nature’s variety.

Alvin Powell • harvard
March 5, 2020 ~6 min

Tags:  science-technology  evolution  william-friedman  arnold-arboretum  harvard-museum-of-natural-history  alvin-powell  evolution-matters  charles-darwin  harvard-museums-of-science-and-culture

Harvard researchers examine how mammal spines evolve

Harvard Researchers show what drives functional diversity in the spines of mammal.

Juan Siliezar • harvard
Feb. 3, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  science-technology  evolution  basic-research  fas  stephanie-pierce  katrina-jones  juan-siliezar  field-museum-of-natural-history  kenneth-angielczyk  mammal-backbones  nature-ecology-and-evolution

Evolution more complex than ‘survival of the fittest’ had us believe

By re-barcoding the DNA of yeast, researchers were able to follow evolution for approximately 1,000 generations, finding surprises along the way.

Clea Simon • harvard
Nov. 13, 2019 ~4 min

Tags:  science-technology  dna  evolution  physics  yeast  organismic-and-evolutionary-biology  alex-n-nguyen-ba  barcoding  ivana-cvijovic  michael-desai

Harvard’s Extavour debunks old hypotheses on insect eggs

Biology Professor Cassandra G. Extavour debunks old hypotheses about form and function on insect eggs using new big-data tool

Clea Simon • harvard
July 3, 2019 ~6 min

Tags:  evolution  fas  nature  ecology  clea-simon  health-medicine  museum-of-comparative-zoology  organismic-and-evolutionary-biology  bruno-as-de-medieros  cassandra-extavour  egg-shape  molecular-and-cellular-biology  samuel-church  seth-donoughe

Harvard researcher connects the dots in fin-to-limb evolution

With an innovative technique called anatomical network analysis, clear patterns emerge that help solve the puzzle of how fins became limbs 420 million years ago.

Clea Simon • harvard
May 21, 2019 ~5 min

Tags:  science-technology  evolution  fas  stephanie-pierce  fossils  clea-simon  borja-esteve-altava  john-hutchinson  julia-molnar  limbs  math  museum-of-comparative-zoology  oeb  organismic-and-evolutionary-biology  royal-veterinary-college  rui-diogo  tetrapods

Harvard study explores genetics behind evolution of flightless birds

Based on an analysis of the genomes of more than a dozen flightless birds, including an extinct moa, a team led by Harvard researchers found that while different species show wide variety in the protein-coding portions of their genomes, they appear to turn to the same regulatory pathways when evolving flight loss.

Peter Reuell • harvard
May 6, 2019 ~7 min

Tags:  science-technology  evolution  genetics  birds  basic-research  data-science  animals  informatics  tim-sackton

Harvard doctoral students describe projects at the cutting edge of evolutionary inquiry

Harvard doctoral students offered a glimpse of the future of evolutionary inquiry, outlining projects that touch on the human pelvis, butterfly hybrids, field and forest mice, and the mystery of an ancient pile of bones.

Alvin Powell • harvard
April 22, 2019 ~9 min

Tags:  science-technology  ancient-dna  evolution  butterfly  mouse  harvard-museum-of-natural-history  alvin-powell  nate-edelman  andrew-berry  eadaoin-harney  emily-hager  mariel-young  pelvis  speciation

Harvard study captures clear picture of how evolution works in vertebrates

A study in which mice were released into outdoor enclosures to track how light- and dark-colored specimens survived confirms that mice survive better in similarly colored habitats, providing insights into evolution.

Peter Reuell • harvard
Feb. 8, 2019 ~8 min

Tags:  science-technology  evolution  basic-research  coat-color  color  dark-colored  faculty-of-arts-and-sciences  fas  harvard  hoekstra  hopi-hoekstra  light-colored  mice  mouse  nebraska  peter-reuell  reuell  sand-hills  vertebrate-evolution

Harvard study captures clear picture of how evolution works in vertebrates

A study in which mice were released into outdoor enclosures to track how light- and dark-colored specimens survived confirms that mice survive better in similarly colored habitats, providing insights into evolution.

Peter Reuell • harvard
Feb. 8, 2019 ~8 min

Tags:  science-technology  evolution  basic-research  coat-color  color  dark-colored  faculty-of-arts-and-sciences  fas  harvard  hoekstra  hopi-hoekstra  light-colored  mice  mouse  nebraska  peter-reuell  reuell  sand-hills  vertebrate-evolution

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