Evolution Archive
26 January 2012, 02:02 PM ET
Battles between bacteria and virus help reveal how new traits appear
26 January 2012, 01:46 PM ET
Michigan State University researchers have seen for the first time that the Lambda virus can mutate in a short time (4 mutations in just 12 days) and found new ways to attack host cells.
23 January 2012, 03:58 PM ET
Cavefish that have lost their eyesight and body coloring while adapting to the dark depths where they dwell show no prejudice against their surface-dwelling counterparts.
20 January 2012, 04:31 PM ET
Does your acceptance or rejection of evolution depend on what your gut is telling you?
05 January 2012, 02:05 PM ET
Instead of changing their genes, octopi 'edit' their RNA intermediates to survive in colder waters.
01 January 2012, 08:38 AM ET
At least three new proposed bills would limit teaching evolution in public schools.
27 December 2011, 11:22 AM ET
Noted paleontologist Jack Horner wants to turn a chicken into a dinosaur.
22 December 2011, 02:49 PM ET
Since birds are the only surviving members of the family tree of the dinosaurs, why can't we flip some switches in the genetic code and return a chicken back to its former glory as a dinosaur?
20 December 2011, 11:17 AM ET
Just as great civilizations emerge today, our ancestors originated along rivers.
20 December 2011, 10:54 AM ET
We had sex with Neanderthals and left Africa from the Arabian Desert.
19 December 2011, 10:55 AM ET
Genital shape in beetles evolves faster than size.
13 December 2011, 11:01 AM ET
The results reveal how different, or alike, modern humans and Neanderthals are.
22 November 2011, 05:01 PM ET
People who have synesthesia may be more creative and have better memory.
18 November 2011, 03:01 PM ET
The males of two bipedal hominid species that roamed the South African savannah more than a million years ago were the stay-at-home types, compared to the wandering females, who went off on their own, leaving the men behind.
04 November 2011, 05:44 PM ET
Another look at famous footprints torpedoes the nuclear-family interpretation.
10 October 2011, 12:02 PM ET
Snails that live on mucus rafts evolved the talent from ancestors who carried their eggs on mucus strings.
06 October 2011, 03:14 PM ET
Flu viruses evolve and so must our vaccines.
06 October 2011, 01:56 PM ET
Curtis Marean studies human origins in African environments.
05 October 2011, 03:00 PM ET
Curtis Marean studies human origins in African environments.
05 October 2011, 12:49 PM ET
Rather than a primitive soup of chemicals, the last common ancestor was likely pretty complex.
03 October 2011, 03:00 PM ET
A study of a French-Canadian population between 1799 and 1940 concludes that modern humans are still capable of evolving, and still react to the pressures of natural selection.
01 October 2011, 02:03 PM ET
Once thought of as dim-witted big-game hunters, Neanderthals may have dined on fish, birds and plants as well.
27 September 2011, 07:01 PM ET
When male crickets offer large food gifts to their mates, females are more likely to seek mates out.
22 September 2011, 12:00 PM ET
The Denisovans spanned from Siberia to Asia, leaving evidence of interbreeding in modern humans.
14 September 2011, 10:44 AM ET
A rare hybridization event between the Eastern tiger swallowtail and the Canadian tiger swallowtail gave rise to the ancestor that started the Appalachian tiger swallowtail lineage.
13 September 2011, 07:01 PM ET
People with close ties to mom and dad are more likely to have kids of their own.
12 September 2011, 03:00 PM ET
Insect viruses first evolved around 310 million years ago — among the oldest age estimate for any virus group — and may have played a role in the diversification of their insect hosts.
05 September 2011, 03:32 PM ET
Seems as if modern humans were interbreeding with various similar species around at the time.
22 August 2011, 01:49 PM ET
What separates humans from other animals? Some of the answers might surprise you.
16 August 2011, 07:01 PM ET
Ancient baleen whales first evolved their huge mouths for sucking individual prey.
05 August 2011, 02:39 PM ET
Musical improvisation can improve depression.
03 August 2011, 01:01 PM ET
Our ancestors preferred shrubs, it seems.
02 August 2011, 07:01 PM ET
A marvel of evolution, the crested rat chews poisonous tree bark and applies its spit to specially modified hairs to make its coat poisonous and deter predators from gulping it down.
25 July 2011, 03:00 PM ET
The human brain shrinks with age, unlike that of our closest living relative, the chimpanzee.
19 July 2011, 05:53 PM ET
Sloths move like monkeys, but with energy-saving adaptations.
18 July 2011, 01:27 PM ET
The twelve-fingered Iberian mole grows a special set of extra thumbs, used to improve their tunneling abilities, from a repurposed wristbone.