Study sheds light on the evolution of the earliest dinosaurs

Geological evidence suggests the known dinosaur groups diverged early on, supporting the traditional dinosaur family tree.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
July 29, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: evolution geology research school-of-science national-science-foundation-nsf eaps earth-and-atmospheric-sciences

The growth of an organism rides on a pattern of waves

Study shows ripples across a newly fertilized egg are similar to other systems, from ocean and atmospheric circulations to quantum fluids.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
March 23, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: evolution mathematics physics biology research cells school-of-science

How long will a volcanic island live?

Plate tectonics and mantle plumes set the lifespan of volcanic islands like Hawaii and the Galapagos.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Jan. 1, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: evolution geology environment nasa research school-of-science eaps earth-and-atmospheric-sciences

A new way to regulate gene expression

Biologists uncover an evolutionary trick to control gene expression that reverses the flow of genetic information from RNA splicing back to transcription.

Raleigh McElvery | Department of Biology • mit
Dec. 9, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: dna evolution health genetics biology data disease research school-of-science national-institutes-of-health-nih

How biomarkers can record and reconstruct climate trends

Scientists reveal the genes and proteins controlling the chemical structure of a paleoclimate biomarker.

Fatima Husain | EAPS • mit
Dec. 4, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: dna evolution genetics geology climate-change climate bacteria biology microbes research school-of-science national-science-foundation-nsf eaps department-of-energy-doe ocean-science earth-and-atmospheric-sciences

Investigating the rise of oxygenic photosynthesis

EAPS scientists find an alternative explanation for mineral evidence thought to signal the presence of oxygen prior to the Great Oxidation Event.

Kate Petersen | EAPS • mit
Dec. 4, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: evolution genetics geology environment climate bacteria biology microbes research school-of-science eaps

Continuing a legacy of Antarctic exploration

The Summons Lab compares lipids from Antarctic microbial communities to century-old samples.

Fatima Husain | EAPS • mit
Nov. 22, 2019 ~7 min

Tags: evolution genetics geology climate-change environment climate bacteria biology ecology animals microbes research school-of-science eaps earth-and-atmospheric-sciences

Comparing primate vocalizations

Study shows Old World monkeys combine items in speech — but only two and never more, unlike humans.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
Sept. 3, 2019 ~7 min

Tags: evolution linguistics biology animals research school-of-humanities-arts-and-social-sciences

Using recent gene flow to define microbe populations

New method identifies ecologically and medically relevant bacteria groups.

Becky Ham | MIT News correspondent • mit
Aug. 8, 2019 ~8 min

Tags: evolution bacteria microbes research school-of-engineering school-of-science national-science-foundation-nsf civil-and-environmental-engineering

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