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Researchers find hurricanes drive the evolution of more aggressive spiders

Raging winds can demolish trees, defoliate entire canopies and scatter debris across forest floors, radically altering the habitats and reshaping the selective pressures on many organisms.

19 Aug 2019 Nature Ecology & Evolution

These migratory birds will risk their lives for a good nap

Birds in better shape stop and sleep with their head facing forward, untucked, and more alert.

19 Aug 2019 Current Biology

Variation in the shape of speech organs influences language evolution

Language and speech are shaped by repeated use and transmission from parents to children.

19 Aug 2019 Nature Human Behaviour

The composition of fossil insect eyes surprises researchers

By comparing the fossilized eyes with optic tissues from living crane-flies, the researchers were able to look closer at how the fossilization process has affected the conservation of compound eyes across geological time.

14 Aug 2019 Nature

Rapid metabolism change helped mammals to thrive in colder climate

Hedgehogs, rabbits, primates and even giraffe have all benefitted in the evolutionary race due to their ability to adapt their metabolism to cope with a changing climate, according to new research.

14 Aug 2019 Nature

In the shadow of the dinosaurs

A new sphenodontian from Brazil is the oldest record of the group in Gondwana.

14 Aug 2019 Scientific Reports

Researchers discover oldest fossil forest in Asia

The fossil forest, which is larger than Grand Central Station, is the earliest example of a forest in Asia.

8 Aug 2019 Current Biology

Studies of fungi provide new knowledge of harmful mutations in cells

The results are interesting in terms of both medicine and evolutionary biology.

8 Aug 2019 Current Biology

Fungi living in cattail roots could improve our picture of ancient ecoystems

Fungi, which include mushrooms, molds, and yeasts, aren't plants - they're their own separate kind of organism, more closely related to animals than anything green. But almost all land plants have tiny fungi living inside their roots.

8 Aug 2019 Mycologia

Permian lizard-like animal suffered from a bone condition similar to Paget’s disease

Susceptibility to this type of disease may extend back to the Early Permian.

7 Aug 2019 PLOS ONE

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