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Our Cats, Ourselves
Animals  (tags: world, society, humans, environment, pets, wildlife, cats, domesticated, evolution )

- 695 days ago -
IT'S commonplace to call our cats "pets." But anyone sharing a cat's household can tell you that, much as we might like to choose when they eat in the morning, or when they come inside for the night, cats are only partly domesticated.
How Animals Evolved to Stay Cool Under the Sweltering Summer Sun
Animals  (tags: hot summer, animals, cooling, Northern Hemisphere, evolution, interesting )

- 1187 days ago -
While areas around the Northern Hemisphere bake under a hot summer sun, humans can head indoors to find respite from 100-degree temperatures and insufferable humidity. But what about our four-legged and feathered friends?
Zebra Stripes Evolved to Repel Bloodsuckers?
Animals  (tags: zebra, stripes, bugs, interesting, news, animals, conservation, evolution )

- 1713 days ago -
Conventional wisdom says a zebra's black-and-white stripes camouflage the animal in tall grass--the better to evade the colorblind lion. But a new study says the pattern scrambles the vision of a tinier biter: the bloodsucking horsefly.
Evolution to the Rescue: Species May Adapt Quickly to Rapid Environmental Change, Yeast Study Shows
Animals  (tags: Evolution, Species, Environmental Change )

- 1947 days ago -
Evolution is usually thought to be a very slow process, something that happens over many generations, thanks to adaptive mutations. But environmental change due to things like climate change, habitat destruction, pollution, etc. is happening very fast.
Why Birds Change Their Tune
Animals  (tags: birds, species, evolution )

- 2172 days ago -
More than a dozen species of birds in the Galapagos Islands served as prime experimental subjects for Charles Darwin's ideas about evolution -- and today, "Darwin's finches" still provide examples of evolution at work.
Poisonous Platypuses Confirm Convergent Evolution
Animals  (tags: animals, wildlife, platypus, evolution )

- 2200 days ago -
Don't be fooled by the playful-looking duck's bill -- platypuses deliver a venom containing more than 80 different toxins.
One Small Step for Snails One Giant Leap for Snailkind
Animals  (tags: study, evolution, snails )

- 2204 days ago -
Evolution doesn't have to operate at a snail's pace, even for snails. In experiments designed to simulate the evolutionary transition that produced slugs, researchers exposed baby snails to the metal platinum, causing the animals to develop without shells
Emperor Penguin's Old Clothes Are Unveiled
Animals  (tags: penguins, emperor penguins, fossils, evolution )

- 2210 days ago -
A 36-million-year-old fossilized penguin skeleton found on a cliff-face in Peru has given scientists insight into how penguin feathers, originally used for flight, adapted to swimming.
Mosquitoes: Genetic Structure of First Animal to Show Evolutionary Response to Climate Change Determined
Animals  (tags: Mosquitoes, Genetic Structure, First Animal, Evolution, Climate Change )

- 2237 days ago -
Scientists at the University of Oregon have determined the fine-scale genetic structure of the first animal to show an evolutionary response to rapid climate change.
Evolution in Action: Scientists Discover Lizards on Verge of Leap From Egg-Laying to Live Births
Animals  (tags: Evolution, lizaeds, egg-laying, births, species, animals )

- 2238 days ago -
Scientists have caught the process of evolution in action as a species of Australian lizard abandons egg-laying for live births.The variety of skink, which is snake-like with four tiny legs, has been found laying eggs along the coast of New South Wales.
Killer Whale Evolution Leads to Two Orca Species
Animals  (tags: wildlife, whales, evolution )

- 2241 days ago -
Orcas, commonly known as killer whales, are still evolving, and quickly. Researchers have discovered that two distinct types of orca, a large and a pygmy form, are rapidly diverging, evolving away from each other.
Fin to Limb Evolution Clue Found
Animals  (tags: fish, fin, scientist, evolution, limbs )

- 2309 days ago -
A study has shed light on a key genetic step in the evolution of animals' limbs from the fins of fish, scientists say.
Evolution of Highly Toxic Box Jellyfish Unraveled
Animals  (tags: Jellyfish, Evolution, Cells, Scientists )

- 2521 days ago -
With thousands of stinging cells that can emit deadly venom from tentacles that can reach ten feet in length, the 50 or so species of box jellyfish have long been of interest to scientists and to the public.
Evolution Faster When It's Warmer
Animals  (tags: animals, evolution, climate change, AnimalWelfare, environment, habitat, protection, wildlife, wildanimals )

- 2674 days ago -
Climate could have a direct effect on the speed of "molecular evolution" in mammals, according to a study.
Breaking The Animal Kingdom's Color Code
Animals  (tags: animals, wildlife, evolution, conservation, study, science, research, interesting )

- 2740 days ago -
ScienceDaily (Apr. 20, 2009) -- Research spearheaded by the University of York has used computer models to explain the evolution of the distinctive colouring of many species of wildlife.

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