Undersea mystery: Genetic secrets of the seahorse unveiled

Dec 15, 2016

Undersea mystery: Genetic secrets of the seahorse unveiled

Scientists have unlocked some of the genetic secrets of the weird and wondrous seahorse, including its exotic eccentricity of male pregnancy. Researchers said on Wednesday they sequenced the genome of a seahorse species for the first time and identified the genetic underpinning for certain ...

'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 ...