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A decade after the predators have gone, Galapagos Island finches are still being spooked

The study found that the finches' fearful responses - known as antipredator behaviour - were sustained through multiple generations after the threat was gone, which could have detrimental consequences for their survival.

2 hours ago Journal of Animal Ecology

Directed evolution and smart plants: Lehman College researcher reimagines the future of biology

Synthetic biology is here to stay and will transform agriculture if given the chance.

19 Nov 2019 Nature Plants

Tracking inheritance of human mitochondrial DNA

Mother's age, a bottleneck, and selection affect how disease-causing mutations persist

18 Nov 2019 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Lichens are way younger than scientists thought

Four hundred and eighty-five million years ago, Earth was very different from what we see today.

15 Nov 2019 Geobiology

Genes borrowed from bacteria allowed plants to move to land

New study shows that gene transfer from bacteria to algae allowed early life to move from water to land.

14 Nov 2019 Cell

DNA data offers scientific look at 500 years of extramarital sex in Western Europe

Researchers have put DNA evidence together with long-term genealogical data to explore similar questions of biological fatherhood on a broad scale among people living in parts of Western Europe over the last 500 years.

14 Nov 2019 Current Biology

Is evolution predictable?

The answer, published in Current Biology, forever changes the way evolution is understood.

14 Nov 2019 Current Biology

Ancient Egyptians gathered birds from the wild for sacrifice and mummification

DNA study rejects the idea that Egyptians domesticated sacred ibis for ritual use.

13 Nov 2019 PLOS ONE

Oldest molecular information to date illuminates the history of extinct Gigantopithecus

Researchers from the Institute of Evolutionary Biology (IBE) and the Globe Institute at the University of Copenhagen have retrieved the oldest molecular evidence on the evolution of hominids

13 Nov 2019 Nature

Songbirds sing species-specific songs

Learning of most complex motor skills, such as birdsong and human speech, is constrained in a manner that is characteristic of each species, but the mechanisms underlying species-specific learned behaviors remain poorly understood.

12 Nov 2019 PLOS Biology

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