'Frankenstein' predicted a concept key to modern biology

Oct 30, 2016

'Frankenstein' predicted a concept key to modern biology

Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” foreshadowed a key concept in evolutionary biology that was formally defined by scientists a full century after the man-made monster shambled across the pages of the 19th-century novel, an academic study published on Friday found. The study, which is titled “Frankenstein ...

Smart mouth: Chinese fish fossil sheds light on jaw evolution

Oct 21, 2016

Smart mouth: Chinese fish fossil sheds light on jaw evolution

A bottom-dwelling, mud-grubbing, armored fish that swam in tropical seas 423 million years ago is fundamentally changing the understanding of the evolution of an indisputably indispensable anatomical feature: the jaw. Scientists said on Thursday they unearthed in China’s Yunnan province fossils of a primordial ...

Scientists collect deep-sea life off Hawaii

Oct 8, 2016

Scientists collect deep-sea life off Hawaii

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Federal researchers have just returned from an expedition to study the biodiversity and mechanisms of an unusually rich deep-sea ecosystem off the coast of Hawaii’s Big Island. Scientists with the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said in a telephone interview that the abundance ...

Oct 4, 2016

Study reveals Asian ancestry of Pacific Islanders

Ancient DNA has revealed the first inhabitants of Vanuatu and Tonga came from Asia, not other Oceanic populations as has long been assumed, a study published Tuesday found. The study sheds light on the last great human migration into unpopulated lands, when a people ...

Man's best friend? It may be genetic

Sep 30, 2016

Man's best friend? It may be genetic

If you think dogs are drawn to your winning personality then think again — the attraction may be genetic, according to a study released Thursday that pinpoints genes linked to interspecies amity. Providing food and playing fetch, of course, also forge strong bonds. But ...

Endangered Hawaiian crow shows a knack for tool use

Sep 15, 2016

Endangered Hawaiian crow shows a knack for tool use

An endangered crow species from Hawaii that already is extinct in the wild displays remarkable proficiency in using small sticks and other objects to wrangle a meal, joining a small but elite group of animals that use tools. Scientists said on Wednesday that in ...

'Baby, it's hot outside': Why birds sing to eggs

Aug 19, 2016

'Baby, it's hot outside': Why birds sing to eggs

Much like parents who talk to a pregnant woman’s belly, some birds sing to their eggs before they hatch, and the reason may be to prepare them for a warming world, researchers said Thursday. The study in the journal Science examined a peculiar habit ...