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The origin of the domestic fowl is more recent than previously thought, but it may have taken them thousands of years to become food.
Instead of evolving to produce poison, some distantly related fungi became toxic through a process called horizontal gene transfer, scientists say.
A collaboration between researchers and the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe offers new evidence that their ancestors have lived in the Bay Area for thousands of years.
The bird, which sought prey in a part of China 6 million years ago, had eyes shaped in a way that suggest it was not nocturnal like most owls living today.
Techniques from computer science may help explain the tendency in biology for structures to repeat themselves.
The research could have policy implications as President Biden pushes to revive his proposal to expand the child tax credit.
Researchers unlocked some of the genetic secrets that helped the colorful fruit evolve into so many varieties around the world.
It wriggles. It pulls. It falls apart and comes back together. It is everything you wish for and everything you fear.
Researchers studying ancient cassowary egg shells in New Guinea found signs that the sharp-taloned bird was being domesticated.
In the world’s plant gene banks, scientists studied how so many varieties of the humble capsicum worked their way onto our plates.
That this perennial wildflower digests trapped insects suggests that other plants’ appetites for animals may be overlooked.
A small experiment using sleights of hand and illusions offers insights into how birds and people perceive the world.
A genetic analysis of a melon found in Sudan may point to the wild fruit that gave rise to one of summertime’s sweetest treats.
Coronavirus restrictions reduced pollution that makes snow melt faster, which could help water supplies for 300 million last longer this year.
A close-up on snake skin helped scientists work out what might help certain snakes navigate sandy surfaces.
Researchers propose that some remote ancestors of Native Americans may have been the first humans to forge the bond with wolves that led to domestication.
Short of a total lockdown, universal mask-wearing is the most effective way to slow the relentless rise in hospitalizations and deaths from Covid-19.
Scientists ruled out earthquakes and excessive snowfall as culprits in the series of outbursts from the world’s tallest active geyser.
Researchers in China spent a decade studying this question.
Close examination of horse remains has clarified the timeline of when equestrianism helped transform ancient Chinese civilization.
South America is filled with mammals from North America, but why more didn’t survive the reverse trip has been a natural history mystery.
A new cocktail of enzymes that degrades plastic faster is a step to fully recycling soda bottles and other waste, British and American researchers said this week.
A new experiment confirmed that cats can spread the virus to one another, and found dogs did not shed the virus. There’s still no evidence that pets transmit it to humans.
The animal was believed to have disappeared from the highlands of New Guinea, but was found on the island’s Indonesian side.
A new study warns that the strain of H1N1, common on China’s pig farms since 2016, should be “urgently” controlled to avoid another pandemic.
Scientists have linked historical political instability to a number of volcanic events, the latest involving an eruption in the Aleutian Islands.
New research shows that the nectar-drinking birds use their enhanced color vision to distinguish sources of food.
A report on masks relied on unfounded assumptions, researchers charged, and the authors were permitted to choose their own reviewers.
Five hundred species are likely to become extinct over the next two decades, according to a new study.
An analysis of satellite imagery from the past four decades suggests that global warming has increased the chances of storms reaching Category 3 or higher.
A new study of lizards in countries struck by hurricanes suggests cataclysmic weather can reshape entire species.
Fomalhaut b was one of the first planets around another star to be directly imaged by telescopes. Some astronomers now say it was a cloud of asteroid debris.
They didn’t have blowholes, but an ancient lineage of crocodilians returned to the oceans in a manner similar to some marine mammals.