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 Our ancient ancestors couldn't digest milk

Our ancient ancestors couldn't digest milk

Posted Thu, 23 Oct 2014 07:48:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The modern Eurasian ancestors roamed across Siberia according to a new study, but another paper revealed DNA-enhancing technology using part of prehistoric skulls. We now know roughly when our genes adapted to farming, less sunlight and many other technological advances we made in the past.

Our ancient ancestors couldn't digest milk

Copulation was invented by ancient fish

Copulation was invented by ancient fish

Posted Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:20:43 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The drive to produce offspring has always been as dominant as the enjoyment of food. Australian scientists have now used Scottish fossils to deduce that Estonian fish evolved a jolly dance that has resulted in much more “fun” in their ancestors!

Copulation was invented by ancient fish

Stilt break records for migration and finding water.

Stilt break records for migration and finding water.

Posted Wed, 15 Oct 2014 07:05:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

The wonder of bird migration takes a long while to sink in. Perhaps it’s the payload, but tiny birds still seem able to amaze us with their ability to fly thousands of kilometres (or even miles.) This is a unique Australian endemic bird that seems able to detect water a great distances, possibly by smell of desert, air, their brine shrimp food or other olfaction.

Stilt break records for migration and finding water.

Geckos crossed the line and got bigger

Geckos crossed the line and got bigger

Posted Tue, 07 Oct 2014 23:00:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

To find evidence of how speciation can happen when there is an obvious bio-geographical boundary should be simple. This represents a first, however, for a group colonising New Guinea and evolving a greater size in several instances. The ancestry of these New Guinea geckos, large and small, has been well-traced.

Geckos crossed the line and got bigger

As much oxygen as you need

As much oxygen as you need

Posted Fri, 03 Oct 2014 17:09:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Despite the disappointment of not absorbing any carbon dioxide, this fantastic discovery of an organic crystal in Odense could transform lives of both divers and hospital patients, not forgetting the many other applications we’re sure will arise when this neat oxygen producer is in production.

As much oxygen as you need

 Springtails and harvestmen, a new predator/prey story

Springtails and harvestmen, a new predator/prey story

Posted Thu, 02 Oct 2014 08:47:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Fascinating stuff from Kiel, as familiar creatures are found to have incredible abilities. Imagine what these rare new species could show us if they avoid extinction.

Springtails and harvestmen, a new predator/prey story

Birds and passion, Ecuador rules in biodiversity

Birds and passion, Ecuador rules in biodiversity

Posted Wed, 01 Oct 2014 09:15:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The evolutionary relationships between organisms are endless, while some stand out as truly incredible. For 10 million years, mountains have moved and bills have been “paid” as pollination was accomplished by bat, bee and bird

Birds and passion, Ecuador rules in biodiversity

Vainglorious peacock or successful breeder?

Vainglorious peacock or successful breeder?

Posted Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:20:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

How do males pay for their dedication to antlers, plumage or dance? In this case the effort to escape a predator is not affected by the peacock’s extravagant tail, or train. Pity the experiment involved removing it- they must have been lost without it.

Vainglorious peacock or successful breeder?

'Spiny' is the Super-Sized Predatory Dino

'Spiny' is the Super-Sized Predatory Dino

Posted Sat, 13 Sep 2014 13:28:28 GMT by JW Dowey

The essence of predation is success at hunting. This semi-aquatic monster could probably have killed off any creature it met on land or in the water. It is simply the biggest and the best at its job. And that was a niche for eating big prey!

'Spiny' is the Super-Sized Predatory Dino

Ice melt increases at both Poles

Ice melt increases at both Poles

Posted Sat, 06 Sep 2014 09:22:16 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Serious results follow loss of our glaciers and ice sheets. The need for vigilant and expert reporting is made clear with the latest results from satellite instruments. Both Poles are losing ice rapidly, with Greenland having 75% of the total loss.

Ice melt increases at both Poles

The Planet of the Insects

The Planet of the Insects

Posted Thu, 28 Aug 2014 14:15:01 GMT by Dave Armstrong

We gaze at the beauty or stand aghast at the horror of different insects. You have to admire the way in which their tiny but numerous bodies challenge successfully against larger animals as well as to help the Angiosperms to achieve their own mastery of the plant world on land.

The Planet of the Insects

Ocean temperature changes are a big alarm call

Ocean temperature changes are a big alarm call

Posted Mon, 25 Aug 2014 09:09:01 GMT by JW Dowey

After our story on the global warming effects that were discussed last week in Montreal, new discoveries on ocean heat sinks have revealed we may have accelerated warming, once this present slowdown is reversed. Now, that is bad news!

Ocean temperature changes are a big alarm call

Old crocs never die, except when it's cold

Old crocs never die, except when it's cold

Posted Wed, 20 Aug 2014 08:02:03 GMT by JW Dowey

The diverse, and maritime, history of crocodile relatives compares badly with their landlubber relatives, but at last we have 23 species still alive today.

Old crocs never die, except when it's cold

Dream animal lives - as a fossil

Dream animal lives - as a fossil

Posted Mon, 18 Aug 2014 06:14:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

The first drawing from a child or a real image of something resembling one of the first animals with legs. Hallucigenia is such an appropriate name of a creature for all of our dreams.

Dream animal lives - as a fossil

Tallest penguins ever are discovered

Tallest penguins ever are discovered

Posted Tue, 05 Aug 2014 08:55:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

The giant penguins are on the march. There are now several recognised species, each with a different niche connected with the food-rich Antarctic seas. The newest species benefits from having more fossil remains than most, so we can hope to see more remains in the future, giving us better ideas on how these amazing birds looked, evolved and why they died out, millions of years ago.

Tallest penguins ever are discovered

Marmosets are marvelous !

Marmosets are marvelous !

Posted Sun, 20 Jul 2014 19:01:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

The study of human relatives goes far beyond the simian primates, but this species is the smallest and probably the most unique of all our closer relatives. It’s also American, which brings genomics into the New World for the first time as far as monkeys are concerned.

Marmosets are marvelous !

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Sea birds secret colony location policy!

Posted Mon, 16 May 2016 08:59:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

The Potential and Evolutionary Fireworks of Cross-Kingdom Genetic Transfers.

Posted Sat, 16 Apr 2016 11:20:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

People and Deer: the diverse, diverting past.

Posted Wed, 06 Apr 2016 14:45:00 GMT by JW Dowey

The earliest permafrost pets.

Posted Tue, 29 Mar 2016 09:15:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

A new population model for right whale numbers in New Zealand.

Posted Wed, 16 Mar 2016 14:35:00 GMT by JW. Dowey

Acidification of the Barrier Reef.

Posted Mon, 07 Mar 2016 07:30:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Air travel with less carbon, more aerodynamics?

Posted Tue, 01 Mar 2016 12:37:01 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Whale-guided research reveals the oceans’ true biology.

Posted Thu, 18 Feb 2016 11:42:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Hell (and Hadesarchaea) provides great research.

Posted Tue, 16 Feb 2016 10:00:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Whales, their babble, and clan dialects.

Posted Wed, 20 Jan 2016 01:00:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Nanotubes and the dawn of the flexible solar cell

Posted Wed, 28 Sep 2011 09:22:00 GMT by Dave Collier

NASA's Mars Curiosity Rover gets Curiouser and Curiouser

Posted Wed, 22 Aug 2012 22:47:49 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Scavenger T.rex much more like a hyena than a lion

Posted Wed, 23 Feb 2011 17:02:00 GMT by Louise Murray

African farmers to benefit from genes resistant to cattle 'sleeping sickness'

Posted Mon, 16 May 2011 19:00:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

Ice Warms in Antarctica

Posted Fri, 28 Oct 2011 15:44:01 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Scientists find value in waste incineration ash

Posted Fri, 11 Feb 2011 09:25:00 GMT by Rachel England

Middle Stone Age ochre toolkit and workshop found in Blombos Cave

Posted Sun, 16 Oct 2011 10:05:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Socially contagious! (Are rats more human than we thought?)

Posted Sat, 10 Dec 2011 22:20:01 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Oldest woolly rhino emerges from frozen wilderness

Posted Sat, 17 Sep 2011 15:05:01 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Brucellosis is an ancient disease

Posted Wed, 04 Jan 2012 14:31:00 GMT by James Mathews