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Latest Selection Stories

2010-02-17 14:07:53

The unexpected discovery of a new type of genetic variation suggests that natural selection – the force that drives evolution – is both more powerful and more complex than scientists have thought.

2009-12-09 20:02:03

Female birds in species that breed in groups can find themselves under pressure to sexually show off and evolve the same kinds of embellishments – like fanciful tail feathers or chest-puffing courtship dances - as males.

2009-11-26 14:26:59

Darwin suggested that the action of natural selection can produce new species, but 150 years after the publication of his famous book, 'On the Origin of Species', debate still continues on the mechanisms of speciation.

2009-11-18 14:19:50

Males have more pronounced personalities than females across a range of species – from humans to house sparrows – according to new research.

2009-11-16 16:55:19

Plants don't mind sharing space with their kin but when they're potted with strangers of the same species they start invigorating their leaves.

2009-11-11 17:23:48

Ability of jewelweed to recognize 'relatives' from 'strangers' helps shift resources for growth.

2009-07-23 09:32:15

In the animal kingdom, everything is not as it seems. Individuals of the same species can look very different from each other - what biologists term 'polymorphism.'

2009-07-17 14:20:40

The tremendous diversity of life continues to puzzle scientists, long after the 200 years since Charles Darwin's birth. However, in recent years, consistent patterns of biodiversity have been identified over space, time organism type and geographical region.

2009-06-16 08:02:19

Charles Darwin wrote about it 150 years ago: animals don't pick their mates by pure chance – it's a process that is deliberate and involves numerous factors.

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2009-06-05 08:30:00

New research indicates that natural selection may shape the human genome much more slowly than previously thought.


Word of the Day
dingle
  • A small wooded valley; a dell.
  • The protecting weather-shed built around the entrance to a house.
  • The roofed-over space between the kitchen and the sleeping-quarters in a logging-camp, commonly used as a storeroom.
The word 'dingle' comes from Middle English dell, hollow.
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