A beaver fossil found in western Montana is the oldest such specimen ever discovered. Find out how this 30-million-year-old missing link is helping to explain the astonishing diversity in mammal species on our planet.Like all Canadians, I think of the beaver as an important symbol. It’s our national mascot, and the fur trade involving the … Continue reading Beaver Fossil Sheds Light on Mammal Evolution
James Lovelock passed away recently at the age of 103. Find out how his Gaia hypothesis led a generation to a new understanding of the world and our place in it.
Belief in evolution makes us more tolerant of those who seem different from ourselves. Find out how a new study confirms this and encourages teaching evolution in the classroom.
Male dolphins are healthier and live longer when they have a network of male frends. Find out how a new study revealed that this popularity also makes them more likely to find mates.
Bird evolution has helped scientists understand how natural selection works since the time of Darwin. Find out how a species of birds in Indonesia demonstrated how rapidly evolution can take place. (4:00 min read)
Lightning strikes have played a part in theories on the origin of life since Darwin. Discover how a new study sheds more light on the role of lightning in bringing life to our planet. (4:00 min read)
Lifeless matter could only have evolved into self-replicating molecules by growing more complex. Discover how destruction might make this counterintuitive process conceivable. (4:15 min read)
Bat Woman” is the affectionate nickname China’s people use for their top bat virus expert. Find out why she spoke out this week. (5:00 min read)
Plant evolution has always been assumed to happen faster in the tropics. Find out how a massive new study overturns that assumption. (5:00 min read)
Coronavirus immunity is the foundation underpinning planned COVID-19 vaccination programs. Find out the status of the ongoing research in this area. (5:00 min read)