Welcome to the first installment of Geek.com’s Origin of the Species. Each time out we’ll take a look at one of our favorite fantasy or science fiction races, going in-depth exploring their origins […]
Devils Hole is a hot, oxygen-starved, limestone cavern with an underground pool containing what may be the world’s most isolated species: a small group of tiny pupfish whose every member has mysteriously lived in this desolate part of Death Valley National Park undisturbed for tens of thousands...
The new and sixth volume of Research on Chrysomelidae consists of five research articles devoted to the latest findings about the amazing family of over 37,000 leaf beetle species from more than 2,500 genera. read more
Based on experiments with two species of beetle, ecologists have determined that the early life experiences of individuals that migrate between local habitats can have wide-reaching impacts on the distribution of species across entire ecosystems.
Griffith University researchers are part of an international team of scientists that has announced the discovery of ancestors of Homo floresiensis - the enigmatic species of pygmy-like humans discovered more than a decade ago on the Indonesian island of Flores. read more
The 'hobbits' were a tiny, separate species of hominin, researchers say — and a new discovery could explain how they got so small.
Adam Park A curious thing has recently taken hold of the American health and fitness scene. It's been around for a while, to be sure. But it's really really around now. Foreword-thinking exercise and diet theories look backwards for inspiration. Show More Summary
This article originally appeared on the Discovery's Edge blog. ______________________ As a species, we have a love-hate relationship with microbes. For centuries, we didn’t even know they existed. Then came the microscope and Louis Pasteur’s...Show More Summary
Reptiles (aside from sea turtles) are probably not native to the Hawaiian Islands but there are quite a few of them on the islands today. Some were brought by the original Polynesian settlers (four species of Geckos). Others arrived as escaped pets. Show More Summary
In nearly every biological community, distributions among species are highly uneven. That is, there is a large number of rare species with very few members and only a small number of common species concentrating most members of the community. read more
SYRACUSE, NEW YORK -- A hominin in the same genus as humans and an ape nicknamed "Laia" that might provide clues to the origin of humans are among the discoveries identified by the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) as the Top 10 New Species of 2016. read more
Osteichthyans, or bony fishes, comprise two categories, each containing over 32,000 living species: Sarcopterygii (lobe-finned fishes and tetrapods) and Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes). Nevertheless, actinopterygians have an obscure early evolutionary history. Show More Summary
Original Paper: Evidence for extensive horizontal gene transfer from the draft genome of a tardigrade Authors:Boothby et alAbstract:Horizontal gene transfer (HGT), or the transfer of genes between species, has been recognized recently as more pervasive than previously suspected. Show More Summary
Modern wild sheep, Ovis, is widespread in the mountain ranges of the Caucasus through Himalaya, Tibetan Plateau, Tianshan-Altai, eastern Siberia, and the Rocky Mountains in North America. In Eurasia, fossil sheep are known by a few isolated...Show More Summary
Nature is constantly evolving--its limits determined only by variations that threaten the viability of species. Research into the origin and expansion of the genetic code are fundamental to explain the evolution of life. read more
Art + Science = Awesome bacteriological book art! The cover of Darwin’s On the Origin of Species was made using nearly 36 different species of bacteria. UK-based Bacteriologist Simon Park, professor at the University of Surrey, created this work of bioart using C-Mould, his collection of bacteria that was nearly 10 years in the making. Show More Summary
Since Darwin published his theory of evolution in his book On the Origin of the Species in 1859, his theory, and its implications, have been the source of much contention in the United States. Today, more than 150 years later, parents are still fighting against the inclusion of his theory of evolution as part of... Show More Summary
Instead of becoming extinct, why don't endangered species adapt to the environment and evolve? This question was originally answered on Quora by Jeff Collins.
Simon Park is recreating Darwin's Origin of Species entirely out of bacteria. The post This Guy Made an Origin of Species Cover With Bacteria—Even the 'Paper' appeared first on WIRED.
Dr. Simon Park used a cellulose-producing bacterium to make the paper, and "illustrated" it using different-colored organisms.