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Evolution

World’s oldest fossil plants could rewrite life's early history

Scientists have discovered the fossilised remains of 1.6 billion year-old red algae from India. Advanced multicellular life began much earlier that previously thought and the timing of the tree of life should be revised, they say.

Discovery in the Bay of Aarhus can solve the puzzle of our primordial origin

Scientists have discovered what could be our closest living relative among the microbes, casting new light on the origins of our species.

Norwegian researcher takes Darwin's theory a step further

Do species evolve in fits and starts or gradually?

Dinosaur colours and surroundings recreated from fossils

Fossilised colours breathe new life into theories on how and where dinosaurs lived.

5,000-year-old cob reveals the origins of corn

Genetic analyses of a 5,000-year-old corncob shows how early farmers modified what would go on to become one of the world’s most important crops.

Inuit hunted whales 4,000 years ago

Fossil DNA from kitchen midden deposits reveal masses of whale blubber, leading scientists to believe that Greenlanders hunted the ocean’s giants 4,000 years before anyone else.

New evidence that early chimps and bonobos interbred

Chimpanzees and bonobos have not always been able to keep their hands off each other. A new discovery could change our perception of how new species form.

Scientists do away with Darwinian tradition

Scientists suggest a completely new way of classifying organisms that does away with conventional idea of species.

Cave paintings and bones reveal origins of European bison

Fossil DNA from bison bones reveals that the European bison was a cross between aurochs and bison. Cave painters depicted the species in detail, 15,000 years ago.

Bird study reveals a key assumption in evolution theory is false

A new study of fifty bird species from the Andes now rules out any possibility of predicting evolution on a single genetic mutation.