Genetic rewiring behind spectacular evolutionary explosion in East Africa

IMAGE: Sampling cichlid fish tissues for genome and transcriptome sequencing in Tanzania and Zanzibar Archipelago. Tilapia and haplochromine cichlid fish species were sampled for associated studies on characterising genomic signatures of… view more  Credit: Dr Graham Etherington and Dr Tarang Mehta, Earlham Institue (EI) Genetic rewiring could have driven an evolutionary explosion in the shapes, sizes […]

Incredible vision in ancient marine creatures drove an evolutionary arms race

An artist’s reconstruction of ‘Anomalocaris’ briggsi swimming within the twilight zone. Credit: Katrina Kenny Ancient deep sea creatures called radiodonts had incredible vision that likely drove an evolutionary arms race according to new research published today. The international study, led by Professor John Paterson from the University of New England’s Palaeoscience Research Center, in collaboration […]

In the Amazon’s ‘sand forests,’ birds play by different evolutionary rules

White sand ecosystem patch at the Reserva de Desenvolvimento Sustentável (RDS) do Uatumã, Central Amazonia. Credit: João Capurucho Picture the Amazon. You’re thinking lush rainforests teeming with animals, right? It turns out, the Amazon Basin contains other less-famous ecosystems that have been under-studied by biologists for years, including patches of habitat growing on white sands. […]