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Evolution & Behaviour

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Humans are affecting the evolution of animals and plants

Like in a theatre where actors interact to perform the script of a given play, species on Earth interact with each other in an ecological arena, interpreting millions of years of evolution. The famous ecologist G.E. Hutchinson made that analogy back in 1965, calling attention... click to read more

  • Carine Emer | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at São Paulo State University, São Paulo, Brazil
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published on Feb 13, 2020
Tracing the Ancestral Roots of Neandertals

Before modern humans started migrating outside Africa, Eurasia was home to Neandertals, a group of humans that parted ways with the ancestors of modern humans half a million years ago. Neandertals lived in Europe for hundreds of thousands of years, from at least 430,000 years... click to read more

  • Stéphane Peyrégne | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Department of Evolutionary Genetics, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Germany
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published on Feb 5, 2020
Microraptor and Indrasaurus: food for thought

Fossils are rare - fossils with traces of food even more so. However, only these can tell us something about an extinct species' diet. Knowledge of predator-prey relationships is necessary to better understand ancient ecosystems, like the 131-120 million-year-old Jehol Biota in northeastern China. Through... click to read more

  • Jingmai O’Connor | Professor at Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Jan 31, 2020
Blood from a golden stone: dinosaur discoveries within amber

In his novel Jurassic Park, Michael Crichton envisioned dinosaurs being cloned using DNA from the blood inside ancient mosquitoes preserved within amber. Amber is a fossilized tree resin (not sap) that often contains plant and animal remains and protects them from many forms of decay.... click to read more

  • W. Scott Persons | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • Philip J. Currie | Professor at Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • Corwin Sullivan | Associate Professor at Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
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Reading time 4 min
published on Jan 10, 2020
Life’s early dinner parties

Ediacaran life is represented by a group of bizarre-looking fossils that are the remnants of the first complex life in Earth's oceans from over half a billion years ago. During this time, life was sessile and tranquil, with few traces of large-scale predation and movement.... click to read more

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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Jan 9, 2020