Evolution

Brood X is emerging across 15 states. Here's how to decode all that buzzing from the trees.
Nala Rogers, Staff Writer
For the first time, researchers have obtained the nuclear DNA of archaic humans from cave sediments.
Meeri Kim, Contributor
New research supports the idea that pulses of nutrients flushed from Devonian forests fueled ocean algae blooms that suffocated marine life.
Nikk Ogasa, Contributor
The new species unearthed in Patagonia belongs to a group called abelisaurids, which resembled tyrannosaurs with short, bumpy faces.
Charles Q. Choi, Contributor
Artificial "protocells" suggest the complex biochemical mechanisms used by living cells could have originated in simple bubbles.
Tom Metcalfe, Contributor
New discovery of ancient phosphorus-bearing minerals challenges assumptions about the way early life evolved.
Nikk Ogasa, Contributor
Bacterial allies may help insects win the evolutionary arms race against disease-causing microorganisms.
Nala Rogers, Staff Writer
Ancient sediments reveal that shortly after emerging from the sea, microbial life may have adapted to survive in acidic lakes.
Nikk Ogasa, Contributor
Scientists recently uncovered the ancient dens of 2-meter-long worms.
Charles Q. Choi, Contributor
New findings suggest fingerprints and sweat work together in "fight or flight" survival responses.
Charles Q. Choi, Contributor
The armor might help leafcutter ants defend the valuable fungus they grow for food.
Charles Q. Choi, Contributor
Scientists can identify plants by the light they reflect.
Tess Joosse, Contributor