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How did wild cats turn into our beloved domestic animals?

How cats – one of our favorite domestic animals – historically turned to live with us remains mysterious. The relationships between humans and housecats' common ancestor, the Near Eastern wildcat, begun as early as a rise of farming over 9,000 years ago, but it took... click to read more

  • Magdalena Krajcarz | Assistant Professor at Institute of Archaeology, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Toruń, Poland
  • Maciej Krajcarz | Associate Professor at Institute of Geological Sciences, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warszawa, Poland
Views 232
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Jul 19, 2021
Bat genomes: unveiling the secrets of their superpowers

If you watch and listen carefully on a quiet summer's night in the open air, you might perceive some dark shadows flying around or hear some high-pitch chirps. Yes, you have probably guessed it right. These are bats who have just started their 'day' and... click to read more

  • Zixia Huang | Assistant Professor at School of Biology and Environmental Science, University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
  • Emma C. Teeling | Professor at School of Biology and Environmental Science, University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
Views 365
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Jun 17, 2021
Ancient Mesoamerica demonstrates we’ve been ballgame lovers for more than 3000 years

Have you ever wondered about the origin of your favorite ballgame? It is perhaps much earlier than you guess. Mesoamerica – a center of ancient civilizations that flourished for over 3000 years before the Spanish invasion occurred – has evidence for ancient ballgames. In fact,... click to read more

Views 386
Reading time 4 min
published on May 18, 2021
How the ancient ‘hell ant’ got its bizarre horn

Imagine our planet about 145-66 million years ago during the ancient Cretaceous period. Dinosaurs may perhaps come first into your mind as the most iconic ancient animal. But of course, many other organisms lived together as parts of the ancient ecosystem, including ants. Many ancient ants... click to read more

  • Christine E. Sosiak | PhD Student at Department of Biological Sciences, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, New Jersey, USA
  • Phillip Barden | Assistant Professor at Department of Biological Sciences, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, New Jersey, USA
Views 513
Reading time 3 min
published on Apr 20, 2021
Microbial life on our tongue

Stick out your tongue! That's one of the first things you hear when you visit a doctor. The tongue has been used as an indicator of health or disease for thousands of years: from ancient Egypt and Chinese traditional medicine to today's modern medical practice... click to read more

  • Gary G. Borisy | Senior Investigator at The Forsyth Institute, Cambridge, USA
  • Jessica L. Mark Welch | Associate Scientist at The Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, Massachusetts, USA
Views 1753
Reading time 4 min
published on Apr 12, 2021