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There are 12 item(s) tagged with the keyword "Evolution".

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1. The rise of mammals

An asteroid strike put an end to the dinosaurs 66 million years ago, making way for mammals to thrive - that much we know. But how exactly did our ancestors go about their march to dominance? Stephen Brusatte and Sarah Shelley introduce an unassuming fossil that holds some of the answers.

Tags: Animals, Evolution, Palaeontology
2. From the age of the dinosaurs?

The term 'living fossil' was coined by Darwin and has since been applied to various species that appear not to have changed for millions of years. But when Africa Gómez and colleagues took a closer look at tadpole shrimps they concluded we should ditch the term for good.

Tags: Evolution, Genetics, Marine life, Rivers and lakes
3. Podcast: The effects of metal pollution on fish

This week in the Planet Earth podcast, Jamie Stevens and Josie Paris of the University of Exeter explain how some fish have adapted to heavily polluted rivers in southwest England.

Tags: Evolution, Fish, Podcasts, Pollution, Rivers and lakes, UK
4. Podcast: Of sewage and superbugs

This week in the Planet Earth podcast, Elizabeth Wellington and Greg Amos of the University of Warwick explain how sewage treatment could be helping spread highly drug-resistant bacteria around the environment.

Tags: Adaptation and mitigation, Disease, Evolution, Microbes, Podcasts, Pollution, Rivers and lakes
5. Podcast: The evolution of the British peppered moth

This week in the Planet Earth podcast, Ilik Saccheri and Arjen van 't Hof of the University of Liverpool describe how the British peppered moth changed from peppered to black during the Industrial Revolution in northern England.

Tags: Evolution, Genetics, Insects, Podcasts, Pollution, UK
6. Sewage treatment contributes to antibiotic resistance

Wastewater treatment plants could be unwittingly helping to spread antibiotic resistance, say scientists.

Tags: Evolution, Health, Microbes, Pollution, Rivers and lakes, UK
7. Whales, worms and the story of life

What's the point of studying dead whales and the worms that eat them? Recondite research can be more relevant than you'd think, as Nick Higgs explains.

Tags: Biodiversity, Ecology, Evolution, Marine life, Oceans
8. Insight into snake venom evolution could aid drug discovery

UK-led scientists have made a discovery about snake venom that could lead to the development of new drugs to treat a range of life-threatening conditions like cancer, diabetes and high blood pressure.

Tags: Animals, Biology, Evolution, Health, UK
9. Deep-sea diversity surprises researchers

Scientists have shed new light on the evolution of deep-sea creatures by looking at the genes of one shrimp-like species, rather than their physical characteristics.

Tags: Biodiversity, Evolution, Marine life, Oceans
10. Forked tongues: The evolution of human languages

Humans have the dubious distinction of being perhaps the only species whose members cannot all communicate with each other. Mark Pagel asks what's behind this apparently unhelpful trait, and what the future might hold for the diversity of human language.

Tags: Evolution

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