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Scientists have spent the past 30 years carefully tracking evolution across more than 68,000 generations of E. coli bacteria – the equivalent of more than 1 million years of human evolution. The latest results suggest we might have been wrong about one of the fundamental aspects of how species evolve.   Traditionally, researchers predicted that the
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New research says whales and dolphins (cetaceans) have social lives much like ours, with tight-knit social groups, complex relationships, regional dialects, and one-to-one chats. And it’s all thanks their beautiful brains. Information on 90 different species of dolphins, whales, and porpoises was collected by the international team of scientists, making this the first study of
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For the first time, researchers have documented the violent clash of predators from two very different worlds, discovering evidence of alligators feasting on sharks in the wild. While there have been anecdotal reports of this kind of thing happening before, it’s never been comprehensively studied, since ordinarily the American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) and sharks occupy
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This Northern Hemisphere summer, researchers spent two months collecting samples from a submerged landmass known as Zealandia. As a result, we could gain new insight into everything from ancient life forms to climate change.   Tens of millions of years ago, a landmass that’s being referred to as Zealandia was largely submerged beneath the Pacific
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Wolves have an understanding of cause-and-effect that domesticated dogs do not – and they’re just as good as dogs at following directions given by a human. This difference in cognition may have something to do with the domestication process, according to researchers from the Wolf Science Centre at the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna.