Evolution
Saturday 18 April, 2015

Tapeworms fight to control shared host

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If two tapeworms infect the same host and find themselves at cross-purposes, they may actively sabotage each other in a competition to seize control, new research suggests.  More...

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Chimpanzees grunt calls
By BioNews On Friday, February 6th, 2015
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Dutch chimpanzee changed the food calls to match their Scottish counterparts

Chimpanzees living in captivity are capable of learning calls that refer to specific food items.  More...

The lungfish ear is a good model for the ears of the first terrestrial vertebrates. A new study shows that they are capable of detecting airborne sound despite not having a tympanic middle ear.
By BioNews On Friday, February 6th, 2015
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Researchers discover how hearing evolved

Lungfish and salamanders can hear, despite not having an outer ear or tympanic middle ear.  More...

Enhancer Promoter Evolution
By BioNews On Saturday, January 31st, 2015
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New insights into mammalian evolution

Why is a dolphin not a cat? Despite having a common ancestor, different mammalian species have acquired their unique characteristics by repurposing functional elements through gene regulation, says a study. “What More...

Chimpanzee talking to each other
By BioNews On Tuesday, January 20th, 2015
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Chimpanzees ‘talk’ about their favorite fruits and food patch size

Chimpanzees modify their food calls with respect to tree size for a high valued fruit species.  More...

Stone tools used by our oldest hominin ancestors 2.5 million years ago are believed to have sparked the evolution of human communication (Illustration by Jay Matternes)
Picture credit: University of Berkeley
By BioNews On Wednesday, January 14th, 2015
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Ancient stone tools shaped human communication too

The world’s oldest butchering tools gave evolutionary edge to human communication, suggests a new study, adding that teaching — and perhaps even a primitive proto-language  More...

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By BioNews On Wednesday, January 14th, 2015
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Dinosaurs flourished in Europe until 66 m years ago

Dinosaurs flourished in Europe until the asteroid impact that wiped them out 66 million years ago  More...

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By BioNews On Thursday, January 8th, 2015
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Dogs migrated to the Americas after humans

Dogs may have first migrated to the Americas only about 10,000 years ago, thousands of years after the first human migrants  More...

By BioNews On Tuesday, September 30th, 2014
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Fossilised tooth challenges Late Triassic assumptions

A 220 million years old tooth lodged in the thigh bone of the largest predator of the time has revealed two predators at the top of their respective food chains interacted  More...

By BioNews On Thursday, July 3rd, 2014
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‘Extinct human gene helped Tibetans survive high altitudes’

In a ground breaking discovery, researchers have found that Tibetans were able to adapt to high altitudes thanks to a gene picked up when their ancestors mated with a species of humans they helped push to extinction More...