Scientists have identified fossil proteins in a 3.8 million year-old ostrich eggshell, suggesting that proteins could provide valuable new insights into the evolutionary tree, much further back in time than was previously thought.…
In order to discover the true colors of ancient animals, scientists are using X-rays to closely examine the chemical details of modern bird feathers. (more…)
Millions of years ago, as the snake family tree grew new branches, the ancestor of modern rattlesnakes was endowed with a genetic arsenal of toxic weaponry, including genes for toxins that poison the blood, toxins that damage muscle and…
Honolulu, Hawai?i, 4 September 2016 (IUCN) - The Eastern Gorilla - the largest living primate - has been listed as Critically Endangered due to illegal hunting, according to the latest update of The I..
Eight of every ten species extinctions has occurred on islands, and invasive mammals are the leading reason for those losses. Currently, 40 percent of species at risk of global extinction are island i..
Though mammals adapted on land, a new study by Maria Chikina and Nathan Clark has shown that during three major independent evolutionary events, a number of mammals harkened back to the sea. For th..
Credit: Anthony Prothero, University of Bath Over 90 per cent of mammal species were wiped out by the same asteroid that killed the dinosaurs in the Cretaceous period 66 million years ago, signific..
Credit: David Blair, James Cook University A relationship that has lasted for 100 million years is at serious risk of ending, due to the effects of environmental and climate change..