Being an omnivore is actually quite odd

Examining one million animal species going back 800 million years shows that omnivores are rare, and that the first animal likely ate meat.

Daniel Stolte-Arizona | Aug. 22, 2019 | futurity
~8 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology evolution food meat

Wild boar genes recreated domestic pigs

"...when we look at modern European pigs, they look like they were domesticated in Europe even though we now know that is not true."

Keith Randall-Texas A&M | Aug. 16, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology dna domestication evolution genomes livestock pigs

Do crocodile smiles hold the secret to regrowing teeth?

Rather than head to the dentist to stave off tooth decay, crocodiles just grow fresh chompers, research shows. Could we do the same one day?

Eric Stann-Missouri | Aug. 13, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology evolution regeneration teeth

Nature beat engineers to ‘control theory’ by millions of years

Principles that engineers developed only 150 years ago first evolved in biological circuitry that controls cell growth.

U. Arizona | Aug. 13, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology cells engineering evolution

Where did America’s saber-toothed cats go?

Why do we have coyotes in America but not saber-toothed cats? A look at the teeth of ancient creatures trapped in the La Brea Tar Pits may clear things up.

Spencer Turney-Vanderbilt | Aug. 7, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology cats dogs evolution extinction megafauna

Cryptic variation in DNA can drive huge evolutionary leaps

Cryptic DNA variation becomes available in an emergency to fuel rapid evolutionary change critical to survival, research finds.

U. Zurich | July 30, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology dna evolution genes

Monkey from 18 million years ago was teeny tiny

Scientists in Peru's Amazon jungle have uncovered the 18-million-year-old remains of the smallest fossil monkey ever found.

Robin Smith-Duke | July 29, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology amazon evolution fossils primates teeth

Have we evolved to construct reality?

Perceptions, according to cognitive scientist Donald Hoffman, are a user interface, but not necessarily reality. Where does that leave us?

Heather Ashbach-UC Irvine | July 26, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology beliefs cognition evolution perception vision

Hummingbirds show how to predict genetic changes

Hummingbirds in the Andes show that "there is a predictability in the evolutionary machinery" that guides how species adapt to new places.

Gregory Filiano-Stony Brook | July 24, 2019 | futurity
~2 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology birds evolution genes

Courtship traditions led to the leggy African chicken

African chickens are the result of centuries of choices by farmers, some based on courtship, some based on taste. Now, the chickens are under threat.

Talia Ogliore-WUSTL | July 22, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology biodiversity bones chickens ethiopia evolution farmers food

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