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Self-fertilizing Plants Play Part In Their Own Death
2013-06-10 10:28:56

Many plants are self-fertilizing, meaning they act as both mother and father to their own seeds. This strategy – known as selfing – guarantees reproduction but, over time, leads to reduced diversity and the accumulation of harmful mutations.

New Genes Essential To Life
2013-06-07 11:53:53

According to a new study, relatively newly acquired genes can quickly become a major part of an organism’s genetic machinery and even essential for life.

Evolutionary History Of Cancer-related Gene Tracked By CNIO Study
2013-06-06 20:59:35

The study reveals how a genetic duplication that occurred millions of years ago encouraged the evolution of the ASF1b gene, involved in cancer development

2013-06-06 11:49:18

Efforts to restore sturgeon in the Great Lakes region have received a lot of attention in recent years, and many of the news stories note that the prehistoric-looking fish are "living fossils" virtually unchanged for millions of years.

Discovering Why And How Swarming Evolved
2013-06-05 14:46:40

Many animals – from locusts to fish – live in groups and swarm, but scientists aren't sure why or how this behavior evolved. Now a multidisciplinary team of Michigan State University scientists has used a model system to show for the first time that predator confusion can make prey evolve swarming behavior.

Top 10 New Species Announced By Scientists
2013-05-23 14:09:02

The top 10 new species list was announced May 23 by the International Institute for Species Exploration at Arizona State University

2013-05-22 10:17:41

Environment is not the only factor in shaping regulatory patterns — and it might not even be the primary factor, according to a new Rice University study that looks at how cells’ protein networks relate to a bacteria’s genome.

Evolution Of Hips Simpler Than Suspected
2013-05-15 12:04:37

The evolutionary path from the bone structure of the fish to the complex, weight-bearing hips of walking animals was a much simpler process than previously thought, according to a new study.

Untangling The Branches Of The Tree Of Life
2013-05-15 10:33:57

These days, phylogeneticists – experts who painstakingly map the complex branches of the tree of life – suffer from an embarrassment of riches. The genomics revolution has given them mountains of DNA data that they can sift through to reconstruct the evolutionary history that connects all living beings.


Latest Evolution Reference Libraries

Paleontology
2014-01-12 00:00:00

Paleontology or Palaeontology is the scientific study of prehistoric life, including the study of fossils to determine the organisms evolution and interactions with each other and their environments. Paleontological observations have been documented as far back as 5th century BC. The science became established in the 18th century as a result of Georges Cuvier’s work on comparative anatomy, and it developed quickly within the 19th century. The term itself comes from Greek palaios, meaning...

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The word 'definiens' comes from the Latin word 'definire', 'to define'.
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