Latest Adaptation Stories
Honeybees are more genetically diverse than originally thought, and the species might have originated from Asia and not Africa as previously believed, according to new research published online Sunday in the journal Nature Genetics.
The small body size associated with the pygmy phenotype is probably a selective adaptation for rainforest hunter-gatherers, according to an international team of researchers, but all African pygmy phenotypes do not have the same genetic underpinning.
As the climate continues to change, it's unclear to what extent different species will be able to keep pace with altered temperatures and shifted seasons.
The home team holds the advantage over visitors – at least in the plant world. However, a mere handful of genetic adaptations could even the playing field.
Depending on the environment in which the worm grows, the larva of the roundworm Pristionchus pacificus develops into either a wide-mouthed predator or a narrow-mouthed bacteria eater.
If you could hit the reset button on evolution and start over, would essentially the same species appear? Yes, according to a study of Caribbean lizards by researchers at the University of California, Davis, Harvard University and the University of Massachusetts.
A new study has shed light on the potential of birds to survive in the face of climate change.
One adage has held true throughout the whole of global history for every living organism on earth; When faced with a challenging situation, a species must either adapt or die.
Species facing widespread and rapid environmental changes can sometimes evolve quickly enough to dodge the extinction bullet.
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