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Size does matter, chaps: Oversized todgers an evolutionary handicap

A study published by Nature this month suggests less is more when it comes to male genitals and species survival. Sexual dimorphism – the differences between males and females – usually helps males attract mates. Peacocks are a good example of where a male expends a lot of energy producing plumage to catch the eye of a passing …
Richard Speed, 18 Apr 2018

Forget Sesame Street, scientists pretty much watched Big Bird evolve on Galápagos island

New research has documented a species of finch evolving on the Galápagos island of Daphne Major, 1,000km off the west coast of Ecuador, in just two generations. It's called the "Big Bird" lineage because, um, as finches go, the birds are relatively large. The work, led by Uppsala University's Sangeet Lamichaney with Princeton …
Andrew Silver, 24 Nov 2017

Eggheads identify the last animal that will survive on Earth until the Sun dies

Humans are newcomers on Earth and it's almost certain that we won't be around, on this planet at least, when the solar system's star finally goes nova. But boffins have identified at least one animal that will be. It is estimated that our star will die in about five billion years, after growing to a red giant that will most …
Iain Thomson, 14 Jul 2017

Take that, creationists: Boffins witness birth of new species in the lab

A common chant from the anti-evolution crowd is that you can't demonstrate speciation – the creation of new species – in action. Now a team of scientists can do just that for anyone with a few weeks to spare. In a paper published in the journal Science at the end of November, Justin Meyer, an assistant professor of biology at …
Iain Thomson, 5 Dec 2016

Scientists want you to know how to have sex with a hyper-long dong

An international team of researchers has discovered how beetles with hyper-long penises make the beast insect with two backs. The research was presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Experimental Biology, and shows how sexual selection changes over time. Sexual selection is the main driving force for the range of …
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Boffins crowdsource web for TREE of LIFE. What could possibly go wrong with that?!

A "tree of life", which depicts the relationships of 2.3 million named species on Earth, has been created by biologists. Duke University's Karen Cranston, principal investigator on the project, said: “This is the first real attempt to connect the dots and put it all together. Think of it as Version 1.0.” Researchers from …
Team Register, 20 Sep 2015
The Sima de los Huesos hominins lived approximately 400,000 years ago during the Middle Pleistocene

THEY WANTED OUR WOMEN: Neanderthals lusted after modern humans

"Modern" European humans and Neanderthals may have interbred in the comparatively recent past, suggest Anthroboffins, with the latter contributing a much higher percentage of their stocky DNA to today's humanity than had been thought. Detailed in a letter published in Nature, titled An early modern human from Romania with a …

Galapagos volcano's MILE-HIGH WALL of FIRE menaces SUPER-RARE iguanas

Erupting for the first time in 33 years, the Volcán Wolf is hurling fire, lava and ash over the Galápagos Islands. The eruption on Isabela Island is not expected to pose a risk to its 2,200 human inhabitants – who are, mostly, 70 miles away in Puerto Villamil – although its unique population of pink land iguanas have been in …

Top Spanish minister shows citizens are thick as tortillas de ballenas

A survey into the social perception of science by the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology has revealed that a quarter of Spaniards believe the sun orbits the earth. Additionally, a third of those surveyed seemed to think that humans co-existed with dinosaurs, and only 60 per cent believed that science has more …
Ancient cave frieze. Pic: Leon Yaakov

No, really, the $17,000 Apple Watch IS all about getting your leg over

Worstall on Wednesday There was a certain amount of consumer resistance to my assertion that the Apple Christometer's $17,000 worth of bling was all about sex. But I'm afraid that this really is so. Bling is about getting sex: and it's the women who decide that it is as well. We have a less than reputable source for this: …conspicuous consumption …
Tim Worstall, 25 Mar 2015
The Sima de los Huesos hominins lived approximately 400,000 years ago during the Middle Pleistocene

Official: Single people need to LOWER their EXPECTATIONS

Listen up, singletons, there’s no point waiting around for Mr Perfect. According to scientific research, having any old schmo right now could give you an evolutionary advantage. New research from Michigan State University researchers found that although an individual could hold out for the perfect mate and run the risk of …
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Boffins hunch over steaming cups of coffee to find HIDDEN SECRETS of caffeine

A crack team of international researchers have revealed the freshly sequenced genome of the coffee plant and, as a result, unearthed interesting findings about the kick ass chemical caffeine. Scientists found that coffee developed caffeine-linked genes independently of any common ancestor, such as chocolate and tea. The …
Kelly Fiveash, 6 Sep 2014

Most Americans doubt Big Bang, not too sure about evolution, climate change – survey

A recent poll brings bad news for those who trust in scientific consensus: over half of Americans doubt the Big Bang theory of the inception of the universe, and about four out of ten doubt evolution, that the Earth is 4.5 billion years old, and that humans exacerbate global warming, despite overwhelming evidence for all four …
Rik Myslewski, 21 Apr 2014
On-edge view of the Milky Way's star formation

Our Milky Way galaxy is INSIDE OUT. Just as we suspected, mutter boffins

New data from the European Space Agency's Gaia-ESO project has confirmed that the Milky Way galaxy grew from the inside out, backing up theories espoused in the standard model of the Big Bang. On-edge view of the Milky Way's star formation Right after the Universe exploded into existence, it was made up almost entirely of …

David Attenborough warns that humans have stopped evolving

Britain's most popular naturalist has warned in an interview that humans have become the first species to effectively halt the influence of natural selection. He also says, however, that it's not the end of the world, thanks to modern technology. "I think that we've stopped evolving. Because if natural selection, as proposed …
Iain Thomson, 10 Sep 2013

Only 1 in 5 Americans believe in pure evolution – and that's an upswing

According to a new poll by YouGov, the number of Americans who believe in evolution not directed by God is rising, but those pure evolutionists still only account for one in five of those surveyed. Specifically, YouGov asked its "representative sample of 1,000 Americans" how they felt about three versions of human evolution …
Rik Myslewski, 23 Jul 2013

Throwing arms let humans rise above poo-flinging apes to play cricket

The unique human ability to hurl objects such as cricket balls fast and accurately is what lifted us above our early rivals for world dominance, according to new research. "There were essentially two questions we asked – one of them was why are humans so uniquely good at throwing, while all other creatures including our …
Lewis Page, 27 Jun 2013
Photograph of the killer shrimp. Pic: Defra

Cambridge boffins reveal prehistoric prawn monster

Scientists in China are celebrating another key discovery after unearthing the fossilised remains of a 520 million year-old arthropod, with what they claim is the earliest example of a nervous system extended beyond the head. The prawn-like sea creature was found preserved sideways on, enabling Javier Ortega-Hernández and his …

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