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 | Nov. 13, 2019 | harvard
~4 mins   

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

How new plant species get their names

Kanchi Gandhi is one of a small group of global experts who referees the rules of naming new plant species.

Alvin Powell | Oct. 25, 2019 | harvard
~9 mins   

Tags: science-technology alvin-powell botany department-of-organismic-and-evolutionary-biology faculty-of-arts-and-sciences kanchi-gandhi nomenclature

Theory that ridged skin helps dolphins debunked

New study debunks long-held theory that dolphins had ridged skin, which helped them swim faster.

Clea Simon | July 18, 2019 | harvard
~6 mins   

Tags: science-technology clea-simon dolphin-skin fas george-lauder marine-mammal oeb organismic-and-evolutionary-biology royal-society-biology-letters-journal

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 | July 3, 2019 | harvard
~6 mins   

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

New NASA program studies sea and sky to better understand ocean worlds in space

A new NASA-funded program will study water worlds and environments to understand the limits of life as part of the search for life on other planets.

Clea Simon | July 1, 2019 | harvard
~5 mins   

Tags: science-technology christopher-german clea-simon donna-blackman exploring-ocean-worlds fas network-for-ocean-worlds organismic-and-evolutionary-biology peter-girguis tori-hoebler volcanoes water woods-hole-oceanographic-institution

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 | May 21, 2019 | harvard
~5 mins   

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

Why jackals thrive where humans dominate

The surprising success story of the golden jackal in Europe holds lessons about nature’s resilience and about how nature might respond to the evolutionary pressure exerted by humans as we change the natural landscape. The Gazette spoke with doctoral student Nathan Ranc for insight.

Alvin Powell | April 25, 2019 | harvard
~18 mins   

Tags: science-technology alvin-powell anthropocene department-of-organismic-and-evolutionary-biology europe fox golden-jackal graduate-school-of-arts-and-sciences nathan-ranc paul-moorcroft resilience wolf

How do tiny termites make such massive mounds?

Researchers investigate how centimeter-sized termites, without architects, engineers or foremen, can build complex, long-standing, meter-sized structures all over the world.

Leah Burrows | Feb. 12, 2019 | harvard
~5 mins   

Tags: science-technology architecture basic-research construction department-of-organismic-and-evolutionary-biology engineering harvard-john-a-paulson-school-of-engineering-and-applied-sciences l-mahadevan sustainability termite-mounds termites

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