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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 979
Reading time 3 min
published on Apr 20, 2021
It’s clear: the glass frog’s transparent belly has a special advantage

Imagine you are a small frog, only one or two centimeters long, sitting on a leaf high up in the canopy of Ecuador's tropical rainforest. This is one of the most biodiverse places in the world with thousands of species living around you, many of... click to read more

  • James B. Barnett | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour, McMaster University 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario, L8S 4K1, Canada
Views 2346
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Jan 20, 2021
Predators drive the evolution of multicellularity

Discussions about the evolution of multicellularity tend to focus on animals and plants, but there have actually been at least 25 independent origins of multicellularity in the history of life on this planet, including fungi, slime molds, several groups of algae, cyanobacteria and myxobacteria. So... click to read more

  • Kimberly Chen | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at School of Biological Sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
  • Matthew Herron | Senior Research Scientist at School of Biological Sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Views 2758
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Sep 10, 2019