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There are 9 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. 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
4. 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
5. 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
6. 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
7. 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
8. Best foot forward

Robin Crompton from the University of Liverpool explains how techniques developed to study ancient footprints will have direct applications for modern life.

Tags: Evolution, Palaeontology, Technology
9. People still evolving

Natural selection is still at work on modern humans, and it acts quickly, according to a groundbreaking new study.

Tags: Evolution

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