Evolution Archive
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.
29 June 2011, 01:44 PM ET
The predatory owner of these eyes lived half a billion years ago.
16 June 2011, 11:35 AM ET
We each possess 60 new mutations, any of which could make major changes in our appearance or behavior. The genetic mistakes are the driving force of evolution.
10 June 2011, 05:35 PM ET
Richard Lenski's two decade experiment on E. coli sheds new light on evolutionary processes.
08 June 2011, 01:16 PM ET
Don't feel silly if you won't walk under a ladder or you carry a lucky charm.
07 June 2011, 07:01 PM ET
War makes people willing to punish those who don't work well with others.
03 June 2011, 10:01 AM ET
From his wandering eye to his real desire to mate for life, here are the top 10 things every woman should know about the male brain.
02 June 2011, 07:20 AM ET
Two completely independent animals have evolved the same body part independently.
20 May 2011, 01:44 PM ET
Cynthia Beall studies how Tibetans survive the low oxygen of high altitudes
19 May 2011, 12:28 PM ET
The Great Southern Brood of cicadas is emerging after 13 years. It's no mere coincidence that cicadas have life cycles that are prime numbers.