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"Man is but a worm" was the title of a famous caricature of Darwin's ideas in Victorian England.
Two groups of lowly marine worms are related to complex species including vertebrates (such as humans) and starfish.
It can be hard to get noticed when you're a little chick in a big colony, but new research published in BioMed Central's open access journal BMC Ecology reveals that baby birds in need of a feed have individual ways of letting their parents know.
Conservation paleobiologists dig deep to solve today's ecological, evolutionary questions.
The mystery of the mass animal death epidemic deepens after 8000 turtle doves fall dead in Italy with strange blue stains on their beaks.
The phrase â€œnature versus nurtureâ€ was coined in the mid-19th century by the English scientist Francis Galton and symbolizes the debate over the relative importance of inherited factors and the environment (or upbringing) in determining the behaviour of offspring.
Researchers funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) at the University of Oxford have uncovered a clue that may help to explain why the earliest evidence of complex multicellular animal life appears around 550 million years ago, when atmospheric oxygen levels on the planet rose sharply from 3% to their modern day level of 21%.
A team of scientists have tracked the movement of European bee-eaters (Merops apiaster) along the Africa-Eurasia migration flyway with the help of tiny radio transmitters.
90-pound birds that once lived in South America used their giant, sharp beaks like a boxer giving their opponent a quick jab.
By deciphering the genetics in humans and fish, scientists now believe that the neck â€“ that little body part between your head and shoulders â€“ gave humans so much freedom of movement that it played a surprising and major role in the evolution of the human brain.
Paralvinella sulfincola is a species of worm in the Alvinellidae family. It lives among undersea hot-water vents, thriving in the hottest of waters, at temperatures that would kill most animals. This characteristic makes it an extremophile or hyperthermophile. Having the unique ability to withstand extremely hot water from hydrothermal openings enables this stalk-like worm to feed on bacteria that other animals cannot reach. It is difficult to know exactly what temperatures this species...
The Giant Feather Duster Worm (Eudistylia polymorpha) is a species of marine polychaete worm of the Sabellidae family. Its range extends along the western coast of North America, from Alaska to California. It is most commonly found in the intertidal zone in tide pools and in the neritic (coastal) zone at depths up to 1,375 feet. It is often found in groups along rocks, reefs, pilings, wharves and marinas. Its common name comes from the crown of tentacles extended when the animal is under...
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