Systematics and Evolution in the News

Systematics is the science and organization of the diversity of life: its discovery, description, nomenclature, taxonomy, cataloging, phylogeny (tree of life), classification, historical and present geographic distribution, conservation, and protection.

(Organic) Evolution is the process that generated biological diversity as we know it. Evolutionary biology is the study of this process, its mechanisms and its results, including origination, speciation, diversification, natural selection, adaptation, competition, extinction, population genetics, and genetic drift.

To be included in this list of news items, a story must have appeared in the popular press (available online). This is but a small subset of the total number of stories that could be written and published by the news media. A great many other discoveries and studies appear daily and weekly in scientific journals, but most are considered less press worthy. It is interesting to see what kinds of stories appeal to journalists and, they hope, the public.

Here are some weekly Science broadcasts of interest, accessible via apps, podcasts, rss, etc.:
Quirks and Quarks (CBC Radio); The Nature Podcast (Nature Magazine); The Naked Scientists: Science Radio and Naked Science Podcast; Science Podcast from Science Magazine; This Week in Science: The Kickass Science Show and podcast; The Science Show (ABC Radio National - Australia)

Jump to Stories of: 2011; 2010; 2009; 2008; 2007; 2006; 2005

News Stories of 2011:

Hefty rabbit couldn't hop and didn't need to
Lived 3-5 million years ago on island of Majorca
As seen at Discovery News Online March 21, 2011
Biggest ever bunny didn't hop, had no enemies

White spotted mountain rat discovered in Brazil
New rodent lives in treetops in the Atlantic Forest
As seen at Edmonton Journal Online March 19, 2011
New rodent reported in Brazilian mountains

Sauropod discovered in Angola
Named Angolatitan adamastor by its discoverers
As seen at CBC Online March 17, 2011
1st dinosaur fossil discovered in Angola

Sixth great extinction not inevitable
But off to a 'good' start thanks to us
As seen at BBC Online March 2, 2011
Refining the sixth great extinction

Cryptic species a bone of contention
Researchers argue against defining species using distinguishing characters
As seen at The Scientist Online March 1, 2011
Character flaws?

Blogging about nature and naturalists
Opinionator writes about species, specimens, and naturalists
As seen at NYTimes Online January 16-February 27, 2011
Dying for Discovery
Heroic Naturalists or Imperialist Dogs?
Race, Sex and the Trials of a Young Explorer
Species Seekers and Spies
How Species Save Our Lives

New Jurassic dino had a kick
New genus and species of sauropod found in Utah
As seen at BBC Online February 22, 2011
Dinosaur named 'thunder-thighs'

Frogs on brink
Intensive search for rarest frogs found only four species out of 100
As seen at BBC Online February 16, 2011
Frog hunt ends: most still absent

Arthropod exoskeleton clue confirmed
Ontario eurypterid had chemical signature of durable exoskeleton
As seen at Edmonton Journal Online February 14, 2011
Extra armour on ancient creatures spurred preservation

Australopithecus afarensis consistently walked upright
Fourth metatarsal bone indicates feet had arches
As seen at BBC Online February 10, 2011
Fossil find puts 'Lucy' story on firm footing

Evolution not always from simple to complex
Simple worms evolved from sophisticated ancestors
As seen at Montreal Gazette Online February 10, 2011
Canadian discovery questions living missing link

New mosquito may be more frequent carrier of parasite
Genetically distinct form of Anopheles gambiae identified in Burkina Faso
As seen at BBC Online February 3, 2011
New mosquito type raises concern

Dino did not die out at K-T?
New Mexico fossil dinosaur post-dates the supposed dinosaur extinction
As seen at Montreal Gazette Online January 29, 2011
Bone discovery suggests dinos survived meteor strike

Blue butterflies came in waves
Forgotten butterfly specialist proven right about origins
As seen at NY Times Online January 25, 2011
Nabokov Theory on Butterfly Evolution Is Vindicated

Toxic volcanic ash caused evolution revolution
End-Permian extinction was biggest ever
As seen at Toronto Sun Online January 23, 2011
Canadians probe what wiped out most life on Earth

Female pterosaur lacked crested head
Sex of fossil confirmed by egg preserved within
As seen at BBC Online January 20, 2011
Fossil female pterosaur found with preserved egg

Biodiversity knowledge will lack depth
Crisis looms as experts on species retire
As seen at Wired Science Online January 19, 2011
The Mass Extinction of Scientists Who Study Species

3/4 of ocean species remain unknown
10-year Census of Marine Life yields estimate of unknowns
As seen at CBC Online January 12, 2011
Most ocean species still unknown after census

U of Alberta graduate student names new pterosaur
Canadian West Coast yields remains of flying reptile
As seen at CBC Online January 10, 2011
B.C.'s 1st pterosaur fossil identified

News Stories of 2010:

Ancient pliosaur studied by modern technology
Jurassic marine reptile skull revealed by CT scanner
As seen at BBC Online December 22, 2010
Colossal pliosaur fossil secrets revealed by CT scanner

Plant species database unveiled
Scientists compile 1.25 million scientific names belonging to 300,000 species
As seen at CBC Online December 29, 2010
List of all known plants a boon to science
The plant list: a working list of all plant species

Elephants confirmed as separate species
DNA supports separation of African and Savannah elephants
As seen at TheScientist Online December 21, 2010
African elephants: 2 for 1 deal

Mozambique home to new species of mistletoe
Kew Gardens experts make discovery
As seen at BBC Online December 20, 2010
New mistletoe species discovered by Kew Gardens experts

Rare fly makes reappearance after 62 years
Last seen in 1948, unable to fly, favors bat feces
As seen at TheStar Online December 17, 2010
Scientists rediscover ‘terrible hairy fly’ in Kenya

Arctic habitat loss may lead to greater hybridization between species
May be major threat to Arctic populations
As seen at TheScientist Online December 15, 2010
Arctic mismatch threat?

Madagascar yields another new mammal
New species of fork-marked lemur
As seen at BBC Online December 13, 2010
New species of lemur discovered in Madagascar

Laboratory mice made with DNA from two males
Discovery said to have implications for repopulation of endangered species
As seen at CBC Online December 9, 2010
Baby mice produced from 2 males

Mono Lake yields novel microbe
Microbe can use arsenic rather than phosphorus
As seen at CBC Online December 2, 2010
Microbe shows arsenic-based life possible
But disputed at Slate December 7, 2010
"This Paper Should Not Have Been Published"

Strange owl makes rare appearance
Bird not seen for 26 years
As seen at BBC Online December 2, 2010
Strange 'long-whiskered owl' spotted in Peru

Disease spread linked to biodiversity decline
Loss of buffering species, ecosystem complexity cited
As seen at CBC Online December 1, 2010
Species loss spreads infectious disease

Cell phone data show fertile girls avoid talking to dads
Fertile daughters actually increased calls to moms
As seen at ScienceDaily Online November 30, 2010
Contact With Dads Drops When Women Ovulate: Evidence of Evolutionary Protection Against Inbreeding in Women?

Mammals broke out when coast was clear
After dinosaur extinction, mammals quickly got big
As seen at CBC Online November 25, 2010
Mammals got 1,000 times bigger after dinosaurs

"Squidworm" discovered in deep Western Pacific
Bristly worm has squid-like tentacles near head
As seen at Science Now November 23, 2010
Meet the Squidworm

Fish sometimes shrink
Fish actually get shorter when surviving harsh winters
As seen at BBC Online November 23, 2010
Fish shrink during harsh winters

Pterosaur puzzle may be solved
Study suggests arms (wings) helped with takeoff
As seen at CBC Online November 19, 2010
Flying pterosaurs' arms likely used for takeoff

Biodiversity under threat up north
Canadian panel warns of deficit of expertise
As seen at Edmonton Journal and CBC Online November 18, 2010
Misidentified species can wreak havoc: panel
Canada lacks biodiversity data: scientists

Atmosphere needed by multicellular life achieved by 1.2 billion years ago
Bacterial signatures suggest oxygen rise 400 million years earlier than previously thought
As seen at CBC Online November 11, 2010
Life possible 400 million years earlier

Prosauropod embryos had big heads, long front limbs; adult proportions were reversed
Massospondylus walked on four legs as babies, two legs when older
As seen at CBC Online November 10, 2010
Dinosaur embryos give up secrets

Tuberous bush cricket sets record for relatively biggest testicles: 14% of body mass
Larger testes tend to be found in species with females that mate with multiple males, up to 23 in bush crickets
But sperm volume per copulation was not proportionately larger
As seen at CBC Online November 10, 2010
Biggest testicles record set by bush cricket

Unusual dolphin lived 2-3 million years ago
Rostrum bone found on floor of North Sea suggests short nose and high forehead
As seen at BBC Online November 2, 2010
'Balloon head' dolphin discovered

Captive boa's fatherless daughters have unusual genetic makeup
Conception occurred even in presence of males
As seen at CBC Online November 3, 2010
Boa constrictor produces fatherless babies

Earth's first great predator was unable to bite
Anomalocaris canadensis from Burgess Shale was toothless too
As seen at CBC Online November 2, 2010
'Fearsome' ancient shrimp had no bite

Snowball Earth set stage for advanced life forms
Thaw following 750-million-year-old deep freeze led to high oceanic phosphorus
As seen at Gazette Online October 27, 2010
Ice-covered earth could have helped foster animal life in oceans: Study

Modern humans in southern China earlier than thought
100,000 year old fossils belonged to modern human species, but with some archaic features
As seen at BBC Online October 26, 2010
Early date for Chinese human fossils

One fifth of vertebrate species threatened with extinction
Conservation efforst are helping with some cases
As seen at CBC Online October 26, 2010
20% of vertebrates threatened, scientists warn

Fearsome predator was not above chewing on its own species
Bite marks in bones, later healed, suggest cannibalism rather than scavenging
As seen at CBC Online October 17, 2010
T. rex was a cannibal

Census of Marine Life reveals results
Estimate one million species in the oceans, 3/4 of them not yet discovered
As seen at Google News October 3, 2010
Census surveys vast body of global marine life

Giant penguin roamed Peru 36 million years ago
Feather color clues reveal the giant penguins lacked the 'tuxedo' of the Emperor Penguin
As seen at CBC Online October 1, 2010
Ancient penguin stood 1.5 metres

More than a third of mammals feared extinct have been found again
But effort wasted looking for long extinct species too
As seen at Globe and Mail Online September 29, 2010
Scientists should be smarter about finding missing species: study

Neanderthals not so slow after all
Study claims human cousins were innovators
As seen at BBC Online September 24, 2010
Neanderthals were able to 'develop their own tools'

Two new horned dinosaurs named
Utah fossils include one with 15-horned head
As seen at the TheStar Online September 23, 2010
Paleontologists discover two new horned dinosaur species

Giant toothy bird sets wingspan record
Fossil from Chile has largest bird wingspan based on a complete skeleton
As seen at the National Geographic, io9, and Science Daily Online September 19, 2010
Pictures: Giant Fossil Bird Found With Spiky "Teeth"
Ancient Chilean bird had 17 foot wingspan and huge bony teeth
Fossil of Giant Bony-Toothed Bird from Chile Sets Wingspan Record

New giant elephant shrew takes a bow
New animal spotted in isolated forest of NE Kenya
As seen at the BBC Online September 17, 2010
Camera spots 'new species' of elephant shrew

Turtles in steep decline
Conservation International says 1/3 of 280 world species are threatened with extinction
As seen at the BBC Online September 10, 2010
Freshwater turtles face 'bleak future'

Humped dinosaur discovered in Spain
Controversy brews over the hump
As seen at the CBS Online September 8, 2010
Would You Like 1 Hump Or 2 With Your Dinosaur?

Comet scenario for large-mammal extinctions dissed
Key piece of evidence had more mundane explanation
As seen at the Telegraph Online September 5, 2010
Comet impact did not cause mammoths to die out, say scientists

New species found in ancient rocks
Cambrian fossils discovered in mountain national park
Some species previously found in the Burgess Shale
As seen at CBC Online September 2, 2010
Rockies fossils yield 8 new species

Drowned reef on Lord Howe a relic of warmer times
Dead reef was far larger than modern remnant
Reef growth did not keep pace with sea-level rise
As seen at BBC Online September 1, 2010
Ancient coral reef discovered in South Pacific

Haphazard introductions led to lush but discordant flora
Darwin and his friend Hooker formulated plan to plant non-native species on barren island
As seen at BBC Online September 1, 2010
Charles Darwin's ecological experiment on Ascension Isle

Double whammy spelled end to Cretaceous
Ukrainian impact may have preceded Chiczulub
As seen at BBC Online August 27, 2010
Double meteorite strike 'caused dinosaur extinction'

Tiny frog jumps into view
Asia's smallest frog Microhyla nepenthicola measures about 1 cm
As seen at TheStar Online August 26, 2010
Scientists discover pea-sized frogs in Borneo

New organisms found by remote control
Researchers spot up to 40 new species
As seen at CBC Online August 26, 2010
Robotic sub films new species off Indonesia

Ancient Arctic reptiles didn't freeze
Study suggests balmy temperatures during the Eocene
As seen at Science Centric News August 25, 2010
New study shows how giant tortoises, alligators thrived in High Arctic 50 million years ago

Vacant niches open door to major evolutionary change
Biodiversity closely tracks "living space" through time
As seen at BBC Online August 23, 2010
Space is the final frontier for evolution, study claims

Dinosaur bones found in sewer tunnel
Worker notices unusual 'rock', another recognizes dinosaur tooth
As seen at CBC Online August 23, 2010
Dinosaur fossils found in Edmonton tunnel

Bats and moths evolve strategies to best each other
Bats use precision sonar, pitch shifting, and stealth to find and catch moths
Moths use sonar jamming or evasive manoeuvres, or, in a pinch, take gambler's risks
As seen at BBC Online August 19, 2010
Bat and moth arms race revealed

Giant, flightless terror birds used precision strike
Extinct South American phorusrhacids could have killed prey with one blow from beak
As seen at BBC Online August 18, 2010
'Terror bird' was prize fighter

Earliest animal claim for ancient sponge-like fossils
South Australian remains are 70 million years older than previous record holders
As seen at BBC Online August 18, 2010
Fossils may be 'earliest animals'

Humans are prime suspects in extinction of giant turtle of Vanuatu
Proof humans used them for food within 200 years of arriving
Giant turtles were among last survivors of prehistoric megafauna
As seen at BBC Online August 16, 2010
Giant turtle's demise the fault of humans, study says

New monkey in Colombian Amazon
Newly discovered monkey species already endangered by deforestation
As seen at CBC Online August 13, 2010
New monkey species found in Amazon

Birds and bats give a fig
Birds prefer smaller, colorful figs; bats prefer larger, smelly figs
As seen at CBC Online August 9, 2010
Birds, bats drive fig evolution

Indonesian expo adds to biodiversity crisis
World's most threatened tortoise among those sold in market
As seen at CBC Online July 30, 2010
Endangered species sold at Indonesian expo

CSS Hudson team yields new life from Atlantic deep
Mid-Atlantic Ridge exploration results in at least 10 new species
As seen at MSNBC Online July 7, 2010, and CBC Online July 29, 2010
Scientists find surprises in deep Atlantic Ocean
Scientists discover new deepwater species

Australian Riversleigh caves yield more 15-million-year-old treasures
26 skulls of fossil relative of wombat range from pouch young to mature adults
As seen at ScienceDaily July 18, 2010
Remarkable fossil cave shows how ancient marsupials grew
See also photo gallery of fossil site AL90

Huge Cretaceous fish died while dining
6-metre-long Xiphactinus skeleton has mosasaur flipper in its mouth
As seen at CBC Online July 16, 2010
Ancient fish fossil found in Manitoba

Two horned dinosaurs are now one
Torosaurus skull is just a more mature Triceratops
As seen at Discovery News Online July 15, 2010
Triceratops and Torosaurus: same dinosaur

Oligocene fossil primate skeleton has ape and monkey features
29-million-year-old skull was close to ancestry of hominoids and Old-World monkeys
As seen at BBC Online July 14, 2010
Fossil links humans and monkeys

Earth took 100 million years to form, not 30 million
Longer process of formation finished 4.467 billion years ago
As seen at BBC Online July 12, 2010
Earth younger than previously thought, say scientists

Mega-toothed whale fossil found in Peru
Ancient sperm whale named Leviathan had huge teeth, grew to 13-18 m
As seen at BBC and CBC Online June 30, 2010
'Sea monster' whale fossil unearthed
Skull of whale-eating whale discovered

Genetic clues to evolution of limbs from fins
Two proteins essential for fin development; absent in tetrapods
As seen at BBC Online and The Scientist Online June 23, 2010
Fin to limb evolution clue found
Lose fin proteins, gain limb?

Centrosaurus bonebed exceeds expectations
Tropical storms suggested as cause of flooding and drowning
As seen at CBC Online June 17, 2010
Largest dinosaur graveyard found in Alberta

French amber contains surprise
Unknown mammal lost hair to tree resin
As seen at BBC Online June 14, 2010
Prehistoric mammal hair found in Cretaceous amber

Global biodiversity gets think tank
Expert panel to advise UN on biodiversity crisis
As seen at BBC Online June 14, 2010
'Green light' for global biodiversity science panel

Snakes in trouble globally
Studied snake populations in retreat, even in protected areas
As seen at BBC Online June 9, 2010
Snakes in mysterious global decline

European apes done in by Miocene climate change
Nine million years ago, grasslands replaced forests, monkeys replaced apes
As seen at BBC Online June 7, 2010
Climate change made apes vanish in ancient Europe

Deep Thought about Deep Time
Age of Universe well understood, but other aspects of its evolution remain puzzles
As seen at Globe and Mail Online June 4, 2010
Toronto astrophysicists pretty much figured out origins of universe

Rare Caribbean mammals survive, barely
Hispaniola solenodon and Hispaniola hutia cling to existence in Dominican Republic
As seen at BBC Online May 30 and June 2, 2010 and Wildlife Extra April 2009
Ghost hunters: On the trail of a 'living fossil'
Close encounter with a bizarre venomous beast
Venomous mammal, the Hispaniola solendon, and Hispaniola hutia targets of new study

Nectocaris has new identity
Burgess Shale fossil reinterpreted as ancient relative of squid
As seen at BBC Online May 27, 2010
Mystery fossil is ancestor of squid

Small fossils fill in big picture
Dinosaur fragments from Poland related to Asian and North America horned dinosaurs
As seen at BBC Online May 26, 2010
Horned dinosaurs 'island-hopped' from Asia to Europe

Polar bears in tough
Polar bear numbers predicted to decline rapidly
As seen at BBC Online May 25, 2010
Polar bears face 'tipping point' due to climate change

Argonaut uses trapped air to regulate buoyancy
The argonaut (an octopus) and the pearly nautilus (a nautiloid) look similar but do things differently
As seen at BBC Online May 19, 2010
Ancient octopus mystery resolved

Ocean sunfish tracked and imaged
One of the world's most distinctive fish, Mola mola, documented in photos
As seen at BBC Online May 19, 2010
In Pictures: An ocean oddball

Frog, bat, pigeon, tree mouse, giant rat, gecko among new discoveries
Conservation International and Smithsonian Institution expedition the subject of article in National Geographic
As seen at CBC Online May 17, 2010
New species discovered in Indonesia

20% of lizard species to be lost by 2080
Rising temperatures have already driven 12% of Mexico's lizards to extinction
As seen at BBC Online May 14, 2010
Climate change linked to lizard extinction

Unique new tree frog found in India
Tiny colorful frog survives in tiny habitat on mountain top
As seen at BBC Online May 13, 2010
'Unique' frog species discovered by scientists in India

Synchotron radiation reveals chemical traces of early feathers
Feather traces found in one specimen of Archaeopteryx
As seen at BBC Online May 13, 2010
Fossil reveals early bird plumage

Moroccan fossils belong to Burgess Shale-type fauna
Many Burgess Shale life forms survived beyond the Cambrian in Africa
As seen at BBC Online May 13, 2010
Fossil find resolves ancient extinction mystery

New red seaweed named after film director
Seaweed originally found near Bamfield, Vancouver Island
As seen at Times-Colonist Online May 12, 2010
B.C.-born researcher honours director Tim Burton with seaweed name

International Year of Biodiversity no cause for celebration
UN report raises alarm about amphibians, corals, and 1/4 of all plants
As seen at BBC Online May 10, 2010
Planet still losing too many species: UN

Many humans share some Neanderthal genes
Results suggest limited interbreeding in Middle East, after modern humans left Africa
As seen at CBC and BBC Online May 6, 2010
New genome shows Neanderthal trace in humans Neanderthal genes 'survive in us'

What makes naked mole rats tick
Unique rodents serve queen in complex, underground colonies
Comparison of naked mole rats with closest relatives reveals hormonal differences
As seen at BBC Online May 5, 2010
Meet the 'sabre-toothed sausage'

Oldest known record of earth's magnetic field from rocks in South Africa
Earth's magnetic field was much weaker 3.45 billion years ago
As seen at BBC Online May 4, 2010
African rocks record ancient magnetic field

Careful fishing records prove dramatic decline of fish stocks
Fish catch is 17 times harder to get than 120 years ago
As seen at BBC Online May 4, 2010
'Profound' decline in fish stocks shown in UK records

Hemablobin reconstructed from mammoth DNA data
Mammoths had cold-adapted blood protein
As seen at BBC Online and The Star Online May 4, 2010
Mammoth blood protein 'resurrected' by scientists How woolly mammoths survived Arctic cold

Aphids create their own carotene
Fungal gene co-opted to make carotenoids
As seen at BBC Online April 30, 2010
Insect stole fungus gene to make plant pigment

Governments will fail to curb species and habitat loss
Woeful implementation dooms goal of saving species
As seen at BBC Online April 29, 2010
World's 2010 nature target 'will not be met'

Micro moth makes big splash in UK
Amateur naturalist discovered new species in Devon
As seen at BBC Online April 28, 2010
New British moth found in Hembury Woods is world first

Giant jelly seen at 1,000 meters depth
Stygiomedusa gigantea filmed by remotely operated vehicle
As seen at BBC Online April 23, 2010
Giant deep sea jellyfish filmed in Gulf of Mexico

New atlas documents global conservation
Project aims to be one-stop shop for geography of conservation
As seen at Nature Conservancy Online April 22, 2010
The Atlast of Global Conservation launched on Earth Day 2010

Ancient stroll made tracks in sandstone
330-million-year-old scorpion-related eurypterid left largest known invertebrate tracks
As seen at BBC Online April 22, 2010
'Gigantic scorpion' fossil found in Fife

Borneo survey reveals 123 new species
Lungless frog among new forms in report by WWF
As seen at BBC Online April 22 and CBC Online April 23, 2010
In Pictures: Borneo's wildlife unveiled Borneo rainforest yields exotic new species

Orchid scent appeals to male bees
Orchids trick male bees into attempted mating by mimicking odour of females
As seen at BBC Online April 21, 2010
More light shed on orchids that deceive bees

Tyrannobdella rex gets up your nose
Humans and other animals vulnerable to this science-fiction-like creature
As seen at BBC Online April 15, 2010
New species of nose-dwelling leech discovered

New South African fossil hominid named
Australopithecus sediba represented by two partial skeletons including skull
As seen at CBC Online April 8, 2010
Newly found fossil could link to human ancestor

Giant tree-dwelling lizard discovered in Philippines
Golden Spotted Monitor Lizard eats fruit, unlike Komodo Dragon cousin
As seen at Globe & Mail Online April 7, 2010
Giant lizard declared a new species

Lost and found teeth are clues to ancient carnivory
Velociraptor ate Protoceratops, left identifiable teeth at scene
As seen at BBC Online April 6, 2010
Fossil find shows Velociraptor eating another dinosaur

False fish fillets found
Bar-code DNA study finds numerous examples of mislabelled fish in stores
Some endangered species sold; some inexpensive species sold at high prices
As seen at CBC Online April 2, 2010
Mislabelling means rare fish sold: Marketplace

Zebra finch's genome mapped
Could provide clues to evolution of complex vocalization
As seen at BBC Online March 31, 2010
Blueprint of the songbird genome

Fossil bird was long-legged wader
Cretaceous bird from China hints at unseen bird radiation
As seen at BBC Online Mar. 25, 2010
New Bird Fossil Hints at More Undiscovered Chinese Treasures

Tyrannosaurs Down Under
First Southern Hemisphere tyrannosaur found in Australia
As seen at BBC Online Mar. 25, 2010
Southern 'cousin' of T. rex found

DNA of Siberian fossil unlike humans, Neanderthals
Possibilities include a new branch on the human family tree
As seen at CTV Online Mar. 25, 2010
New ancestor? Scientists ponder DNA from Siberia

Volcanoes paved way for dinosaurs
Study suggests dominant crurotarsans did not survive episode of eruptions
As seen at The Guardian Online Mar. 22, 2010
Volcanoes helped dinosaurs rule the Earth, say scientists

New 'raptor' described from almost perfect skeleton
Dromaeosaur Linheraptor exquisitus discovered in Inner Mongolia
As seen at BBC Online Mar. 19, 2010
Velociraptor's cousin discovered

Giant pitcher plant of Borneo is nature's (recycling) toilet
Nectar under lid attracts tree shrews to 'throne'; they oblige by defecating into bowl
Bowl of Nepenthes rajah has volume of 2 litres
Bats roost in some other species' pitchers, contribute nitrogen in return
As seen at BBC Online Mar. 10, 2010
Giant meat-eating plants prefer to eat tree shrew poo

DNA from eggshells of extinct giant birds
Fossilized Australian emu and extinct New Zealand moa and duck eggs among successes
Australian fossil Genyornis eggs did not yield DNA so far
As seen at ABC Science and BBC Online Mar. 10, 2010
Moa eggshells yield ancient DNA
DNA of extinct birds extracted from ancient eggshell

Dinosaurs went out with a bang, agree experts
Blue-ribbon scientists say extraterrestrial impact at Chicxulub ended the Cretaceous
Panel accuses Miss Space Rock of killing Colonel Dino in the Crater with the Global Winter
As seen at BBC Online Mar. 4, 2010
Dinosaur extinction link to crater confirmed

Triassic dinosaur relative surprises with herbivore-like beak, tiny teeth
Asilisaurus was Triassic cousin of earliest dinosaurs
As seen at BBC Online Mar. 4, 2010
Dinosaurs' oldest relative found

Australian frog jumps back from abyss
Yellow-spotted Bell Frogs found breeding in New South Wales
Species had not been sighted since 1973, feared extinct
As seen at BBC Online Mar. 4, 2010
'Extinct' frog found in Australia

Ancient mollusc-eating fish bigger than suspected
Cretaceous Ptychodus mortoni now known from huge jaws, teeth
As seen at BBC News Feb. 24, 2010
Giant predatory shark fossil unearthed in Kansas

Utah yields new dinosaur
New sauropod documented by four youthful skulls
As seen at BBC News Feb. 24, 2010
Rare skulls reveal new dinosaur species

Hirsuta crab among thousands of new species
Census of Marine Life reveals number of newly discovered life forms
As seen at BBC News Feb. 19, 2010
Census discovers 5,000 marine species

Faithful frogs have ties that bind
Peruvian poison frogs devoted to offspring and each other
As seen at BBC News Feb. 22, 2010
Peru poison frog reveals secret of monogamy

Huge fishes ate tiny food
Cretaceous seas home to giant fishes that filtered plankton from seawater
As seen at Discovery News Feb. 18, 2010
SUV-sized fish were eearliest filter-feeders

Lion and tiger are not kissing kin
Tiger more closely related to snow leopard; lion and leopard closer to jaguar
((tiger,snow leopard)(jaguar(lion,leopard)))
As seen at BBC Online Feb. 12, 2010
Tigers evolved with snow leopards, gene study reveals

Snake's 'tentacles' an adaptation to finding fish
Asian aquatic snake employs novel appendages in murky water
As seen at CBC Online Feb. 12, 2010
Snake uses odd tentacles to sense prey

Ancient Greenlander had Siberian relatives
Prehistoric Greenlander has 'complete' genome sequenced, ancestral migration clarified
As seen at CBC Online Feb. 11, 2010
DNA from 4,000-year-old human sequenced

Rare fishes filmed in Gulf of Mexico
Deep-sea Manefish and Giant Oarfish feature unusual swimming modes
As seen at BBC Online Feb. 6, 2010
Bizarre deep-sea manefish filmed in Gulf of Mexico Giant bizarre deep sea fish filmed in Gulf of Mexico

Dinosaurs left tracks in China
Site in Shandong Province has thousands of footprints of at least 6 kinds of dinosaurs
As seen at BBC Online Feb. 6, 2010
China dinosaur footprints found in Zhucheng

Giant Japanese salamander takes a bow
Andrias japonicus is one of two species in the genus
As seen at BBC Online Feb. 4, 2010
Close encounters with Japan's 'living fossil'

Yet another flamboyant dinosaur
Feathers preserve color-bearing melanocytes in 4-winged dinosaur
As seen at BBC Online Feb. 4, 2010
Dinosaur had flamboyant, multi-coloured plumage

Rotting lampreys on purpose
Studies aim to clarify anatomy of ancient fossil vertebrate relatives
As seen at BBC Online Jan. 31, 2010
Rotting fish yield fossil clues

Lack of sex not fatal to survival
Rotifers 'dry up and go away' to escape disease and drought
As seen at CBC Online Jan. 29, 2010
Sex-free worms survive by drying up, blowing away

Small dinosaur with three claws links to one-clawed relatives
Early Jurassic fossil from China fills gap in orgin of unusual family
As seen at BBC News Jan. 28, 2010
New dinosaur species early member of odd family

New tyrannosaur features novel hole in skull
New Mexico find is first new genus and species of tyrannosaur from western North America in over 30 years
As seen at Discovery News and National Geographic Daily News Jan. 28, 2010
New tyrannosaur had more teeth than T. rex New "Destroyer" Dinosaur Found, Was T. rex Relative

Dinosaur feather color decoded
Fossil feathers preserve tell-tale shapes of melanophores
As seen at MSNBC and BBC Online Jan. 27, 2010
Dinosaurs sported red feathers, scientists say Dinosaur had ginger feathers

Video shows deepest dwelling fish ever seen alive
Snail fish remarkably active at 7,700 meters depth in Japan Trench
Peculiar behavior of butting sea floor linked to cleaning off parasites
As seen at BBC News Jan. 20, 2010
Deep-sea creatures:'Deepest fish' caught on camera

Four-winged 'dinosaur' may have been glider
Flight tests of models support old idea of origins of bird flight
As seen at TheStar Online Jan. 25, 2010
Models of ancient birds able to glide in flight tests

Sea slug borrows green machinery
Unique slug is able to incorporate chloroplasts into its own cells
As seen at CBC Online Jan. 22, 2010
Leaf-like sea slug feeds on light

Ancient ocean currents could have carried mammals to Madagascar
Ocean currents 60 million years ago were very different than today's
As seen at BBC Online Jan. 20, 2010
Mammals 'floated to Madagascar'

Far northern migration improves survival from predators
Benefits outweigh costs in long-distance bird migration
As seen at Vancouver Sun Online Jan. 15, 2010
Tiny Arctic shoreline birds do it for the kids

Fish gills regulate blood chemicals before absorbing oxygen
Claim based on questionable assumptions of developmental polarity
As seen at BBC Online Jan. 13, 2010
Light shed on fish gill mystery

Reefs spawn species 50% more often
Fossil record suggests speciation occurs at higher rate in reef habitats
As seen at BBC Online Jan. 7, 2010
Coral reefs are evolution hotspot

Early tetrapod may have made tracks in Poland
Disused quarry in Holy Cross Mountains yields possibly oldest four-legged vertebrate tracks
As seen at BBC Online Jan. 6, 2010
Fossil tracks record 'oldest land-walkers'

Killer whale species in process of dividing
Tooth wear, appearance, stable isotope analysis point to distinct diets, habits, and populations
As seen at BBC Online Jan. 5, 2010
Two killer whale types found in UK waters

Arapaima gigas, the largest freshwater fish with scales, near extinction
Scientists believe there may be four different species; largest one very rare
As seen at BBC Online Jan. 4, 2010
The giant Amazon arapaima fish is 'under threat'

30,000-year-old hunter-gatherer from eastern Europe has mtDNA analysed
Belongs to U2 haplogroup of human mtDNA types
As seen at BBC Online Jan. 1, 2010
DNA analysed from early European

Stories of 2009:

Original work by Royal Ontario Museum's W. A. Parks was right all along
Genus Dyoplocephalus regains validity in eyes of U of Alberta students
As seen at Physorg Online Dec. 28, 2009
Students' sharp eyes restore dinosaur's rightful name
and Metro Edmonton Online Jan. 12, 2010
Alberta students weigh in on decades-old dino debate

Acacia plants and stinging ants need each other
Ants get fed, plants get protection, but their flowers must repel ants during pollination
As seen at BBC Online Dec. 27, 2009
Acacia plant controls ants with chemical

Australian fossil was toothed relative of blue whale
Pygmy whale Mammalodon sucked food from seafloor
As seen at BBC Online Dec. 26, 2009
Ancient whale sucked mud for food

Some habitats to move faster than 1 km per year under climate change
Climate change to cause habitats to shift faster than plants can disperse
As seen at CBC Online Dec. 23, 2009
Scientists map speed of climate change

Botanical surveys yield many surprises
Kew Gardens scientists name nearly 300 new plants
As seen at BBC Online Dec. 22, 2009
'Bumper' year for botanical finds

Dam blamed for spawning crisis
Kootenai River white sturgeon hasn't spawned in 35 years
As seen at CTV Online Dec. 21, 2009
N America's biggest fish slips toward extinction

Dinosaur said to use venom
Chinese fossil skull had grooved teeth, 'venom' depressions
As seen at CBC Online Dec. 21, 2009
Bird-like dinosaur was venomous: scientists

Rhino species extinct in wild, gets last chance
Last-ditch attempt to enable breeding of rarest rhinos
As seen at BBC Online Dec. 20, 2009
Czech zoo sends rare Northern White rhinos to Kenya

Fossil koalas had generalized diet but specialized hearing and vocalizing
Fossil skulls from Riversleigh, Australia, suggest separate origins of distinctive koala traits
As seen at Science Daily Dec. 18, 2009
Koala evolution illuminated

Hominid fossil rated as top science breakthrough of 2009
Ardipithecus bridges gap between chimp ancestors and human ancestors
As seen at BBC Online Dec. 17, 2009
Human-like fossil find is breakthrough of the year

DNA in frozen soil suggests mammoths lingered
Study contradicts idea that extraterrestrial impact dealt fatal blow to Ice-Age megafauna
As seen at Science Daily Dec. 14, 2009
Mammoths Hung on Longer? Late-Surviving Megafauna Exposed by Ancient DNA in Frozen Soil

Italian dinosaur's small size belies its importance
Tethyshadros shows what ancestors of hadrosaurs might have been like
As seen at Discovery News Dec. 13, 2009
Meet "Antonio" - a new Italian dinosaur

Madagascar yields small 40-million-year-old relative of dugong, manatee
Fossil sea cow (sirenian) from Madagascar had relatives in Egypt and India
As seen at National Geographic Online Dec. 13, 2009
Prehistoric pygmy seacow discovered in Madagascar

White marlin population estimates clouded by confusion with related species
Recently discovered roundscale spearfish often misidentified as more famous marlin
As seen at Science Daily Online Dec. 11, 2009
White Marlin: Abundance of a Look-Alike Species Clouds Population Status of a Million Dollar Fish

Study supports southern coastal dispersal, debunks two-wave hypothesis
One migration from Africa accounts for all native human diversity in Asia, Polynesia, and the Americas
As seen at BBC Online Dec. 11, 2009
Genetic 'map' of Asia's diversity

Sexual selection explains differences in bird colors according to their mating system
Brightly colored females seen when offspring raised cooperatively and females compete for mates
As seen at CBC Online Dec. 10, 2009
Female birds competing for mates resemble males

Triassic theropod dinosaur has links to South American kin
New meat-eater from New Mexico is named Tawa hallae
As seen at CBC Online Dec. 10, 2009
Discovery of early meat-eating dinosaur redraws family tree

Prairie Chicken missing north of 49th
Canada's COSEWIC says iconic bird not seen for 20 years
As seen at CBC Online Dec. 2, 2009
Prairie-chicken wiped out in Canada

Surprises on southern seamounts
International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) explores Indian Ocean
As seen at BBC Online Dec. 1, 2009
Seamount diary: December 2009

Deep sea yields surprises
Census of Marine Life projects hit jackpot
As seen at CTV Online Nov. 22, 2009
Hundreds of new species found deep below ocean surface

Bird fanciers causing rapid evolution of blackcaps
Blackcap birds now migrating either northwest to UK or southwest to Spain
As seen at New Scientist Online Dec. 3, 2009
British bird-feeders may be splitting species

Male pipefish may sacrifice offspring to maximize fitness
Dad pipefish sometimes resorb embryos
As seen at CBC Online Nov. 27, 2009
Pregnant pipefish dads cannibalize young

Spores in lake sediments link to mammoth dung
Give clues to decline and extinction of megafauna
As seen at BBC Online Nov. 19, 2009
Dung helps reveal why mammoths died out

Common skate not so common, actually two species: blue skate and flapper skate
Taxonomic error meant overfishing of flapper skate through confusion with blue skate
As seen at BBC Online Nov. 19, 2009
Skate may be fished to extinction

Desert was hotbed of crocodile diversity
Sahara was home to plethora of early crocodiles
As seen at CBC Online Nov. 19, 2009
Crocodile ancestors found in Sahara

Giant Irish deer victim of ancient climate change
Isotopes in teeth suggest cooling climate caused scarcity of food, then extinction
As seen at BBC Online Nov. 16, 2009
Starvation 'wiped out' giant deer

Extreme sexual selection in Australian bees
Groups of major males fight to death for right to mate with emerging female
Minor males form small minority that avoid combat
As seen at BBC Online Nov. 12, 2009
Bees fight to death over females

Darwin's extinct mockingbird may be reconstituted
Darwin's museum specimens and rare close relatives yield clues to DNA differences
As seen at BBC Online Nov. 18, 2009
DNA clue to save rare Darwin bird

Deep fish spotted in Southern Hemisphere too
Species different from but related to deepest Northern Hemisphere fish
As seen at BBC Online Nov. 12, 2009
Deep-sea fish recorded on film

Fish Fillets Frequently Faked
Canadian study shows fish marketed under wrong names
As seen at Toronto Star Online Nov. 11, 2009
At the fish counter you may not get what you pay for
Most primitive sauropod was bipedal
South African Jurassic Aardonyx illuminates sauropod origins
As seen at BBC Online Nov. 11, 2009
Missing link dinosaur discovered

Mutation identified in gene involved in human speech
Human and chimp versions of gene have very different effects
As seen at CTV Online Nov. 11, 2009
Gene mutation might explain why we talk, chimps don't

Beloved koalas in steep decline
Population may have fallen by half in six years
Deforestation, climate change, brushfires, and disease take their toll
As seen at BBC Online Nov. 10, 2009
Koalas 'could face extinction'

Plant DNA barcode agreement expected
Mexico meeting should ratify DNA sequence fragment(s) needed to identify plant species
As seen at BBC Online Nov. 10, 2009
Plant experts unveil DNA barcode

Predicted habitat loss for plant species depends on scale of models 
Models with 16 km grid cells compared with those with 25 m grid cells
As seen at BBC Online Nov. 6, 2009
Studies 'overstate species risks'

Small Jurassic dino from UK has famous relative
Proceratosaurus found almost a century ago, recently studied
As seen at BBC Online Nov. 4, 2009
Oldest T. rex relative identified

Buffalo-based couple name 'Buffalo-head' dinosaur
Tatankasaurus found in Montana, named in Canadian journal
As seen at CBC Online Nov. 3, 2009
Details of newly discovered armoured dinosaur revealed

Amphibians lead dubious race toward extinction
IUCN Red List survey shows 1/3 of listed species at serious risk
As seen at BBC Online Nov. 3, 2009
Species' extinction threat grows

Polar bear - grizzly hybrids more common in captivity
Hybrids rare in wild but zoo hybrids show some blended traits 
As seen at BBC Online Oct. 30, 2009
Polar bear plus grizzly equals?

Jurassic predator's skull found in England
Pliosaur skull belonged to a huge carnivorous marine reptile
As seen at CTV Online Oct. 28, 2009
Fossilized sea monster skull found off English coast

Tiny dinosaur identified
Plant eater lived in Colorado during the Jurassic
As seen at CTV Online Oct. 21, 2009
Scientists ID bones of smallest dinosaur

Fungus decimating amphibians may cause cardiac arrest
Chytridiomycosis thought to affect electolyte balance
As seen at BBC Online Oct. 22, 2009
Secrets of frog killer laid bare

Much hyped fossil is distant relative
"Ida" is a primate, yes, but not close to apes or humans
As seen at CBC Online Oct. 21, 2009
'Ida' was distant kin, not ancestor, say scientists

Orb-weaving spider females dwarf males
New spider is largest orb-weaver ever seen, with web a meter or more
As seen at CTV Online Oct. 20, 2009
Arachnophobics beware: Researchers find giant spider

Arms race between ancient armoured foes
Size mattered to Devonian sea scorpions and placoderm fishes
As seen at Sunday Times Online Oct. 14, 2009
Battle of the bulge between armoured fish and the sea scorpions

New flying reptile had mixed modules
Short-tailed head module on long-tailed body module in 160 My-old Chinese fossil
As seen at BBC Online Oct. 14, 2009
New flying reptile fossils found

Big news about tiny ear bones
Cretaceous mammal from China reveals stage in origin of mammalian ears
As seen at CBC Online Oct. 8, 2009
New mammal species has an ear for evolution

Our distant relative Ardipithecus
4.4-million-year-old fossils from Ethiopia suggest features of human ancestors
As seen at BBC Online Sept. 31, 2009
Fossil finds extend human story

One of the world's largest freshwater fish nearly extinct
Concerted search in Yangtze River fails to find a living example of the Chinese paddlefish
As seen at BBC Online Sept. 29, 2009
Giant fish 'verges on extinction'

163 new species include bird-eating frog
Mekong River area yields its secrets
As seen at CTV Online Sept. 25, 2009
Fanged, bird-eating frog among new discoveries

Feathered dinosaurs lived before Archaeopteryx
Feathers covered entire body
As seen at BBC Online Sept. 24, 2009
Dinosaurs had 'earliest feathers'

Darwin film focuses on his private life
New film opened Toronto's TFT film festival
As seen at The Guardian Online Sept. 21, 2009
Creation, a film about Charles Darwin

Pint-sized dino was cousin of T. rex
Chinese fossil Raptorex was human-sized
As seen at CBC Online Sept. 17, 2009
Tiny Raptorex lived long before T. rex

Reptiles stood up on the heels of extinction event
Upright gait arose earlier than thought
As seen at BBC Online Sept. 15, 2009
Reptiles' walk 'evolved faster'

Giant eagle ate moas, died out with them
New Zealand eagle evolved large body but brain remained relatively small
Extinction of moas and Haast's eagles followed soon after humans arrived in New Zealand
As seen at The Independent Online Sept. 14, 2009
Maori legend of man-eating bird is true

Italian bats fly in daylight
Decimation of birds in Italy may have released bats from predation pressure
As seen at BBC Online Sept. 14, 2009
The bat that came out of the dark

One of world's rarest birds sighted in Fiji after 130 years
Dark grey Fiji Petrel spotted during expedition to locate it
As seen at BBC Online Sept. 11, 2009
'Lost seabird' returns to ocean

Antbirds converged on same tune
South American birds fooled by each others' calls
As seen at BBC Online Sept. 11, 2009
Songbirds sing cross-species duet

Mutation rate estimated for humans
Haldane was right after all: 100-200 mutations per person
As seen at BBC Online Sept. 2, 2009
We are all mutants say scientists

New Indian frogs hide eggs in nest
Frogs roll leaves, seal with secretion
As seen at BBC Online Sept. 2, 2009
Nest-making frogs found in India

Chinese dinosaur named after Qing dynasty emperor
Relatively small sauropod was 'only' 12 m long
As seen at BBC Online Sept. 2, 2009
US dinosaur had Chinese cousin

Jellies roll out from Arctic depths
New forms discovered by Remote Operated Vehicle
As seen at BBC Online Sept. 1, 2009
Strange jellies of the icy depths

Piranha found in English river
Fortunately it was dead
As seen at BBC Online Aug 28, 2009
Devon river team's piranha shock

Mexican axolotl nears extinction in its last refuge
The only member of the salamander genus Ambystoma that never metamorphoses
As seen at BBC Online Aug 26, 2009
Axolotl verges on wild extinction

Exotic pet-trade smuggling threatens another species
Northern subspecies of spider tortoise only known from narrow coastal strip of northern Madagascar
As seen at BBC Online Aug 27, 2009
Poachers threaten spider tortoise

Nebraska deer mouse the new champion of evolution in action
Mutation followed by rapid selection led to beige mice on sand dunes
As seen at BBC Online Aug 27, 2009
Mouse set to be 'evolution icon'

Amphibian Survival Alliance gets off the ground
Initiative aims to protect amphibians from extinction
As seen at BBC Online Aug 26, 2009
Launch for amphibian 'life raft'

Researcher hopes to turn back clock from chicks to dinos
Plans to manipulate genes of bird embryos to recreate dinosaur features
As seen at CTV Online Aug 24, 2009
Live dinosaurs on the way, Montreal researcher says

New Aluminum-isotope radiometric tool dates formation of chondrules in meteorites 4.5 billion years ago
High precision timing of first few million years of Solar System evolution
As seen at BBC Online Aug 24, 2009
Stopwatch found for Solar System

Newt busting with pride? No, poison barbs
When threatened, pokes ribs through skin, secretes poison
As seen at BBC Online Aug 23, 2009
Bizarre newt uses ribs as weapons

Bat's bite worse than its bark
Fruit-eating wrinkle-faced bat has record bat bite
As seen at BBC Online Aug 21, 2009
Bizarre-looking bat's strong bite

Deep-sea worms use flares to confuse attackers
Strategy of new group resembles jet fighters avoiding heat-seeking rockets
As seen at CTV Online Aug 21, 2009
New species of 'bomb'-releasing worms discovered

Landing strip for pterosaurs in southwest France
Flying reptiles landed on feet, then switched to all fours
As seen at BBC Online Aug 19, 2009
Runway found for flying reptiles

Nature built a better rat-trap
Large pitcher plant capable of digesting rodents
As seen at The Telegraph Online Aug 17, 2009
Rat-eating plant discovered in Phillipines

Golden Age of discovery and Dark Age of extinction
Experts predict that half of all life forms could be extinct by the end of this century
As seen at The Telegraph Online Aug 14, 2009
A wave of discovery - and extinction

Climate change threatens more than 350 newly discovered species in Eastern Himalayas
New finds include 'flying frog', world's smallest deer, and 100-million-year-old fossil gecko
As seen at CBC Online Aug 13, 2009
Hundreds of new species discovered in fragile Eastern Himalayas

Surfers shared beach with whale fossil in California
5-million-year-old toothed whale found in sandstone on Santa Cruz beach
As seen at CBC Online Aug 13, 2009
Remains of ancient toothed whale found on California beach

Bacteria dull feathers of female bluebirds but males? Not so much
Plumage brightness long thought to be indicator of condition and health to prospective mates
Affect on females but not males was the biggest surprise
As seen at BBC Online Aug 3, 2009
'Feather-eating bugs' dull birds

Bare-faced bulbul fortunate to inhabit protected area
Rare event sees new species of bald-headed bird discovered and named
As seen at BBC Online July 30, 2009
Bald songbird discovered in Laos

Plant 'barcode' region of DNA agreed upon
Plant 'barcode' needs two DNA regions to work effectively
As seen at BBC Online July 29, 2009
'Barcode' to help identify plants

Ancient fossil relative of mammals was a climber
Plant-eating synapsid lived near end of Paleozoic Era
As seen at CBC Online July 29, 2009
Fossil thumbs point to 1st known climber

How the turtle gets its shell
Study of turtle embryos reveals how ribs end up outside limb girdles
Findings follow recent discoveries of half-shelled fossil turtles in China
As seen at BBC Online July 10, 2009
How the turtle's shell developed

Dinos dug deep Down Under
Australian burrows thought to shelter dinosaurs in polar climes
As seen at BBC Online July 10, 2009
Oldest dinosaur burrow discovered

Flowering plants thrived on soil built from leaf litter
Explanation offered for rise of Angiosperms during the Cretaceous
As seen at BBC Online July 10, 2009
How flowers conquered the world

'Patch-nosed' salamander gets own genus
Appalachian lungless salamander first new U.S. tetrapod in half a century
As seen a BBC Online July 8, 2009
Striking salamander species found

Mura's saddleback tamarin is new subspecies of Amazonian monkey
Population threatened by development
As seen a The Star Online July 8, 2009
New monkey discovered in Brazilian Amazon

Large dinos down under
Meat-eating Australovenator and plant-eating titanosaurs Wintonotitan and Diamantinasaurus named
As seen at CTV Online July 3, 2009
Scientists discover massive Australian dinosaur

Dino skin like that of kin
Fossilized dinosaur skin similar to that of birds and crocodiles
As seen at BBC Online June 30, 2009
Dinosaur mummy yields its secrets

Dinosaurs lived in the Yukon too
Tiny bones found in northern Canada
As seen at CBC Online June 30, 2009
Dinosaur-age bones unearthed in Yukon's Peel River area

IUCN says 30% of ocean's sharks threatened with extinction
Slow-to-reproduce sharks vulnerable to overfishing, 'finning', bycatch
As seen at BBC Online June 25, 2009
Many sharks 'facing extinction'

Tropical plants stand tall; rainfall is key
Tropics also 'short' of short plants
As seen at BBC Online June 24, 2009
Where giant plants dare to grow

DNA evolves faster in mammals living in warmer climates
Effect seen in plants was not expected in warm-blooded animals
May help explain high diversity in tropics
As seen at BBC Online June 24, 2009
Evolution faster when it's warmer

Indonesian paleontologists excavate giant elephant
Prehistoric relative of Asian elephant inhabited Indonesia 200,000 years ago
As seen at CBC Online June 22, 2009
Indonesian scientists reconstructing rare, giant elephant skeleton

Ancient primate used nose to survive
Micro CT scan reveals brain shape of 54-million-year-old primate
As seen at CBC Online June 22, 2009
Study of ancient primate brain indicates it relied on smell more than sight

Plant mimics infection by mining moths
Experiments confirm selective advantage of color pattern
As seen at BBC Online June 19, 2009
The plant that pretends to be ill

Giant sperm of ostracods found in fossils too
Fossil study shows giant sperm evolved over 100 million years ago
As seen at BBC Online June 18, 2009
Huge sperm of ancient crustaceans

Dinosaur fossil settles old debate about dinosaur and bird fingers
Chinese dinosaur had remnant of first finger, confirming bird-like digit loss
As seen at BBC Online June 17, 2009
New dinosaur gives bird wing clue

Neanderthal skull bone dredged from North Sea
Isotopes confirm carnivorous diet
As seen at BBC Online June 15, 2009
Sea gives up Neanderthal fossil

Funny bone another link between humans and apes
Early laughter and ticklishness evolved before human-ape split
As seen at BBC Online June 4, 2009
Tickled apes yield laughter clue (includes videos)

Auction of dinosaur bones attracts rich bidders
Purchased by mystery buyers, could end up as home ornaments
As seen at BBC Online June 2, 2009
Dinosaur skulls sold at auction

New global online directory of life envisaged
Project will pool data from multiple sources such as Encyclopedia of Life
As seen at CBC and BBC Online June 1, 2009
Scientists unveil plans for online directory of life on earth
Help wanted to write book of life

Arctic tapirs and half-ton rhinos ate winter rations
Stable isotopes show the far northern mammals switched diets during winter
As seen at Science Codex June 1, 2009
53 million-year-old high Arctic mammals, including Rhino cousins, didn't migrate in the winter

Swimming robots model ancient predators and prey
'Preyro' robot artificially selected to avoid Tadiator robot
As seen at CBC Online June 1, 2009, CTV Online May 31, 2009
Robots with fins, tails offer new insights into evolution
Robots with fins, tails demonstrate evolution

Conservation models tend to overlook island species
Islands have more endemic species, more vulnerable to human impacts, than mainland
As seen at BBC Online May 12, 2009
Rare island species 'undervalued'

40,000 year-old human face reconstructed
Bones from cave deposits in Carpathian Mountains fleshed out by forensic artist
As seen at The Star Online May 7, 2009
Not bad for age 40,000

African populations most genetically diverse on earth
Human genetic diversity of Africa mapped by team
As seen at Marketwire Online May 1, 2009
Africa's genetic secrets unlocked

New Ale commemorates Burgess Shale
100th Anniversary of discovery of Burgess Shale fossil deposit
As seen at Marketwire Online May 1, 2009
Launch of Shale Ale Marks the 100th Anniversary of the Burgess Shale Discovery
Link to Shale Ale bottle label (pdf file)

Canada's Species At Risk Act not always enforced
Species at risk not on government radar
As seen at The Star Online May 1, 2009
Ottawa `ducking its own laws' on protecting wildlife, study says

Arctic fossil had seals for kin
Otter-like carnivore had webbed feet, powerful shoulders
As seen at BBC, CBC and CTV Online April 22, 2009
'Missing link' fossil seal walked
Arctic fossil points to missing link between seals and land mammals
Canadian fossil find sheds new light on seal evolution

Chinese fossil links groups of tyrannosaurs
Mid-Cretaceous fossils have intermediate features
As seen at BBC Online April 21, 2009
Ancestor of T rex found in China

A case of 'short-term gain for long-term pain?'
Amazonian ant that cultivates fungi reproduces asexually; females incapable of mating
As seen at BBC Online April 15, 2009
Ants inhabit 'world without sex'

Eastern Borneo home to black Bornean orangutan Pongo pygmaeus morio
Borneo's orangutans endangered by habitat loss from palm oil plantations
As seen at CTV Online April 12, 2009
New orangutan population found in Indonesia

Cracked, brown egg in box tells Darwin story
In Cambridge University museum drawer: the only egg remaining from Beagle voyage
As seen at BBC Online April 10, 2009
Text and video: Charles Darwin's egg rediscovered

Visual Guide to Survival
To hide or not to hide, that is the question
As seen at BBC Online April 3, 2009
Audio slideshow: The art of camouflage

Outsized cats roamed Britain
25% bigger than modern African lion
As seen at BBC Online April 1, 2009
'Supersize' lions roamed Britain

Members of the public recruited to document snail evolution in UK
Climate change hypothesized to have altered proportions of yellow-striped and darker snails
As seen at BBC Online March 30, 2009
Evolution study focuses on snail

Species new to science found in Papua New Guinea
Frogs, spiders, gecko among more than 50 new forms
As seen at BBC and CTV Online March 25-6, 2009
Scientists find new species in Papua New Guinea
PNG's new treasures

Bids on small Jurassic dino fail to exceed $300,000 reserve bid
Small Jurassic dinosaur expected to attract $500,000; museums bid much less
As seen at CBC Online March 21, 2009
Complete dinosaur skeleton fails to sell at auction

Newly published documents show Darwin lived the gentleman's life at Cambridge
He paid extra to have bed made, shoes shined, vegetables included with meals
As seen at BBC Online March 23, 2009
Darwin's 'gentleman' student days

Female finch makes best of bad lot based on head color of her mate
Wrong head color means unhealthy female chicks
To compensate she lays more male eggs than usual
As seen at BBC Online March 20, 2009
Finches choose sex of offspring

US birds in big trouble
Almost one third of US species "endangered, threatened or in significant decline"
As seen at BBC Online March 20, 2009
US birds in widespread decline

Cambrian creature assembled from parts
Burgess Shale fossil arthropod's pieces had separate names
As seen at CBC Online March 19, 2009
That's no lobster: scientists discover 'T. Rex' of Cambrian period

Tuatara breeding on mainland after 200 years of failure
New Zealand's living fossil making a comeback
As seen at CTV Online March 19, 2009
Rare reptile hatchling found on New Zealand mainland

Cambrian creature assembled from parts
Burgess Shale fossil arthropod's pieces had separate names
As seen at CBC Online March 19, 2009
That's no lobster: scientists discover 'T. Rex' of Cambrian period

Proto-feathers proposed for Saurischian dino
Chinese non-theropod dinosaur had fuzzy fringe
As seen at BBC Online March 18, 2009
Fossil hints at fuzzy dinosaurs

Science Minister says "we're evolving every year, every decade"
"That's a fact, whether... intensity of the sun... walking on cement... running shoes or high heels"
Biologist Elizabeth Elle says its a fundamental misunderstanding of how evolution works
Denis Lamoureux, prof. of science and religion, says Minister might still be 'young Earth creationist'
As seen at CBC Online March 18, 2009
Scientists still wary after science minister confirms belief in evolution

Canadian Science & Technology Minister ducks evolution question
Refuses to answer by claiming it's a question about religion
As seen at CBC Online March 17, 2009
Science minister's coyness on evolution worries researchers

Tiny dinosaur identified in samples stored as 'lizards'
Smallest meat-eating dino yet for North America
As seen at BBC Online March 16, 2009
Canadian dig yields tiny dinosaur

Fossil white shark from Peru sheds light on evolution of Great White
Fossil shark's growth rate was slower than modern Great White's
As seen at Live Science March 12, 2009
Great White Sharks Once Grew Slower, Fossil Shows

Fossil hominids from China get new, older date
Fossils of Homo erectus from Zhoukoudian Cave are 3/4 million years old
As seen at BBC Online March 11, 2009
'Peking man' older than thought

Ancient fish has rock for brains
Blob inside braincase revealed as oldest known fossilized brain
As seen at CTV Online March 2, 2009
Oldest fossilized brain found in fish from Midwest

Geneticists find gene in mammals that stops shark-like tooth regeneration
Experiments on mice yield additional teeth
As seen at Healthzone February 27, 2009
A gene that can make you grow teeth?

'Psychedylic' fish named as new species
Frogfish species 'bounces' along seafloor off Jakarta
As seen at BBC Online February 27, 2009
Psychedelic fish 'is new species'
Video of new fish

Best skull ever found of large extinct seabird
Pelagornithids lived until about 3 million years ago, roamed world's oceans
As seen at CBC Online February 27, 2009
Giant seabird's fossilized skull found in Peru

Kenyan fossil footprints a 'step up' from Australopithecus afarensis
1.5 million-year-old Homo erectus footprints reveal 'modern' foot structure and gait
As seen at BBC Online February 26, 2009
Earliest 'human footprints' found

Devonian fish was capable of coupling
'Claspers' in Australian Devonian placoderm from Gogo enabled copulation
As seen at BBC Online and Nature News February 26, 2009
Fish fossil clue to origin of sex
Fossils reveal earliest evidence for penetrative sex

Key step in origin of life decoded
Proteins such as ribosomes could have self-assembled
As seen at CBC Online February 20, 2009
Montreal scientists unlock mystery of early molecular mechanism

The best coverage of Darwin's 200th birthday on Feb. 12
BBC coverage includes web site, new movie
As seen at BBC Online February 18, 2009
Darwin: the genius of evolution
Creation: the movie

Alien life forms may have different physical basis
Physicist advocates searching for alien life in extreme habitats on earth
As seen at BBC Online February 16, 2009
Alien life 'may exist among us'

Arctic and Antarctic oceans give up secrets
Marine census shows surprising diversity in polar seas
As seen at CBC Online February 16, 2009
'Astonishing richness' in polar sea species: study

Some species are polar opposites
Ocean census reveals polar marine species with antitropical distributions
As seen at BBC Online February 15, 2009
Ice oceans 'are not poles apart'

No evidence of interbreeding with Neanderthals
DNA sequence 3 billion bases long has been sequenced
As seen at BBC Online February 12, 2009
Neanderthals 'distinct from us'

Down House reopens with new Darwin exhibit
Charles Darwin's family home receives facelift for his 200th birthday
As seen at BBC Online February 9, 2009
At home with Darwin... 200 years on includes informative video of house interior

Rocks absorbed chemical traces of sponge beginnings
Sponges well established at 635 Mybp, long before Cambrian Explosion
As seen at BBC Online February 4, 2009
Ancient sponges leave their mark

Titanoboa might have eaten crocodiles
Huge snake was as long as T. rex, as heavy as small car
As seen at CBC Online February 4, 2009
Ancient snake's massive size points to extra hot jungle: study

Nonggang babbler prefers running to flying
Underground cave network in southwest China is home to new bird
As seen at CTV Online January 29, 2009
New species of babbler bird found in Chinese caves

Lizards learn to escape alien invaders
Native US lizards adapting to threat from fire ants
As seen at Science Daily January 24, 2009
Evolution In Action: Native U.S. Lizards Are Adapting To Escape Attacks By Fire Ants

Scientists unite three fish families
New evidence confirms old suspicion
Tapetails and hairyfish are larvae, bignoses are males, of whalefish
As seen at Science News January 21, 2009
Three fish families now one
Rare video of whalefish

Deep-sea creatures surface
Biological survey off Tasmania yields life forms new to science
As seen at BBC Online January 19, 2009
Tasmanian treats

Endangered but dangerous Caribbean mammal filmed
Mammal so rarely seen it is listed as 'Edge of Existence'
As seen at BBC Online January 9, 2009
Venomous mammal caught on camera

Pterosaur idea takes off
Extinct flying reptiles 'vaulted' into the air
As seen at CTV Online January 8, 2009
Biologist looks at Jurassic-era flying creatures

Purple frog mugs for camera
Discovered in 2003, the frog is rarely seen
Originally given its own family, now classified with Seychelles relatives
As seen at BBC Online January 7, 2009
Rare frog caught on film See also 2003 story on discovery:
Purple frog pops up

Deep-sea fish uses mirrors to see below
The 'brownsnout spookfish' has divided eyes for vision up and down
As seen at BBC Online January 7, 2009
'Spookfish' has mirrors for eyes

Pink Galapagos iguana a survivor
Missed by Darwin, the distinct species is now endangered
As seen at BBC Online January 5, 2009
Pink iguana rewrites family tree

Stories of 2008:

Father knows best
Male dinosaurs may have tended nest like ostrich dads
As seen at ScienceNow December 18, 2008
Dinosaur dads took care of nest

Ancient amphibian perfected head lift
Fossil from Greenland had toilet-like head
As seen at BBC Online December 15, 2008
Amphibian's upside-down bite bites

True spiders evolved later than thought
Oldest 'spider' now seen to lack spinnerets
As seen at BBC Online December 8, 2008
Tangled web of spider evolution

Air spaces greater than brain cavity in these dinosaurs
Dinosaur heads had more air than thought
As seen at CTV Online December 8, 2008
Dinosaurs were total airheads, study finds

New colony found of Tonkin snub-nosed monkeys
Critically endangered monkey population in Vietnam
As seen at BBC Online December 7, 2008
Glimmer of hope for rare monkey

Flying reptile fossil found in Brazil
Wingspan the size of a family car
As seen at BBC Online December 3, 2008
New flying reptile species found

Chinese fossil reveals turtle shell origins
Turtle's breast plate evolved before upper shell
As seen at BBC Online November 26, 2008
How the turtle's shell evolved

Dinosaur tracks suggest transcontinental connection
Middle Jurassic tracks match those in Wyoming
As seen at BBC Online November 21, 2008
Skye's dinosaur connection to US

Unicellular organism may reveal how ancient traces were made
Grape-sized protist leaves tracks that resemble 1.8 billion-year-old fossil traces
As seen at BBC Online November 21, 2008
'Grape' is key to fossil puzzle

Scimitar cat fossil marks northernmost record
Ancient cat more than a million years old
As seen at BBC Online November 18, 2008
Big cat fossil found in North Sea

Middle Jurassic turtle fossils uncovered
Fossil turtle links modern marine turtles to their ancient terrestrial ancestors
As seen at BBC Online November 19, 2008
Ancient turtle discovered on Skye

Bird collection at Natural History Museum holds rare birds
Darwin's pigeons among important specimens at UK museum
As seen at BBC Online November 19, 2008
A little bird told me...

Newly discovered penguin has been extinct for 500 years
Bones of extinct penguin identified
As seen at CTV Online November 19, 2008
Scientists find new penguin, extinct for 500 years

Much of mammoth DNA has been decoded
DNA obtained from mammoth hair found frozen in Siberia
As seen at CTV Online November 19, 2008
Cool work: Scientists map genome of woolly mammoth

Woolly rhino arrived in Europe at least half million years ago
Skull found in Germany in 1900 but assembled only recently
As seen at BBC Online November 17, 2008
Woolly rhino's ancient migration

Last of his kind has fertility problems
Lonesome George's mates laid mostly infertile eggs
As seen at CBC Online November 11, 2008
Galapagos bachelor tortoise struggles to be a dad

Origins of deep-sea octopuses clarified
Close relative of ancestor still living in the Southern Ocean
As seen at BBC Online November 9 and CBC Online November 10, 2008
Octopuses share 'living ancestor'
Scientists uncover more marine species, clues to octopus origins

City of brittle stars uncovered by marine census
Antarctic octopus expressway among other finds
As seen at BBC Online November 9, 2008
Stars in the sea: Ocean census finds new wonders

Museum displays Darwin's bird collection
Mockingbirds among important Galapagos specimens on exhibit
As seen at BBC Online November 7, 2008
Darwin's specimens go on display

Endangered 'living fossil' reptile surprises
Tuatara nesting on mainland for first time in years
As seen at BBC Online October 9, 2008
Rare, prehistoric-age reptile found in New Zealand

There's a fungus among us
Wet weather brings fungi to the fore
As seen at BBC Online October 9, 2008
New fungi species unearthed in UK

Deepest ever school of fish 7.7 km down
Fish filmed alive in Japan Trench, Pacific Ocean
As seen at BBC Online October 7, 2008
'Deepest ever' living fish filmed

Mammal species on the brink
One quarter or more of mammal species in danger of extinction
As seen at BBC Online October 6, 2008
Mammals facing extinction threat

Horned dinosaur named after teacher
Experts name new species of Pachyrhinosaurus from Alberta
As seen at CBC Online October 2, 2008
Retired Alberta teacher honoured for dinosaur discovery

DNA markers reveal Viking stow-aways
Survey of UK house mice reveals strain that arrived with Vikings
As seen at BBC Online October 1, 2008
'Viking mouse' invasion tracked

DNA markers reveal Viking stow-aways
Survey of UK house mice reveals strain that arrived with Vikings
As seen at BBC Online October 1, 2008
'Viking mouse' invasion tracked

Huge ancient bird Dasornis related to modern geese and ducks
Skull found in Eocene rocks (50 million years old) on Isle of Sheppey, UK
As seen at LiveScience September 26, 2008
Prehistoric Giant Goose Skull Found

World's oldest rocks are from Canada and 4.28 billion years old
Rocks date from 'just' 300 million years after Earth was formed
As seen at CBC Online September 25, 2008
Canada home to world's oldest rocks, researchers say

Small, deer-like fossil linked to whale origins
Indohyus from India may have been closest relative of ancient whale ancestors
As seen at BBC Online December 20, 2007 (posted here Sept. 25/08)
Whale 'missing link' discovered

Australian waters yield many new sharks and rays
DNA used to aid identifications of new species by CSIRO scientists
As seen at Regina Leader-Post September 18, 2008
Scientists name 100 new shark and ray species

Tiny dinosaur creates big splash
Small dino with big claws said to be insectivore
As seen at CBC Online September 23, 2008
Small 'Dr. Seuss'-like dinosaur dug up in Alberta

Threatened bird species are not the only ones in trouble
Declining numbers widespread among common birds of Europe, Arica, Australia, North America
As seen at BBC Online September 22, 2008
World's common birds 'declining'

Relatives of extinct Galapagos tortoise found
Scientists hope to breed new members of extinct species and reintroduce them to their island
As seen at BBC Online September 22, 2008
Extinct tortoise 'can live again'

Fish fingers predate fast food by 385 million years
Devonian Panderichthys from Latvia had tiny digits in its fins
As seen at LiveScience September 21, 2008
Fish Fingers: Your Digits Used to be Fins

Georgiacetus swam with hind limbs
Early whale's tail was no fluke
As seen at Science Daily September 18, 2008
It's All In The Hips: Early Whales Used Well Developed Back Legs For Swimming, Fossils Show

Coral reefs reveal secret: hundreds of new species not yet named
Global survey of marine life yields impressive results
As seen at BBC Online and CBC Online September 18-19, 2008
New species found in Oz reef
Scientists find 100s of new creatures on Australia's coral reefs

Dinosaur naming practice greatly improved over long-ago standards
Dinosaur species described in recent years are valid and distinct
As seen at the BBC Online September 17, 2008
Will the real dinosaurs stand up?

Okapi spotted by camera traps in African jungle
Secretive mammal still living in remote area of Democratic Republic of Congo
As seen at BBC Online September 11, 2008
Rare African okapi seen in wild

Female of rare tree frog found; chitrid fungus a concern
Isthmohyla rivularis has been seen in Costa Rica
As seen at BBC Online September 11, 2008
World's 'rarest tree frog' found

Royal Society biologist quits education post over creationism furore
Society's failure to support scientist condemned after misquoting by media
As seen at BBC Online September 16, 2008
'Creationism' biologist quits job

Church of England to apologize for opposition to Darwin's ideas
Anglicans distance themselves from fundamentalist views
As seen at the Telegraph Online September 14, 2008
Church to make posthumous apology to Charles Darwin

Researchers question link between Neanderthal extinction and climate crises
Were the last Neanderthals wiped out by climate change?
As seen at BBC Online September 13, 2008
Nanderthal climate link debated

Creationism should be discussed if raised by students, but not endorsed as scientific
UK educator advocates discussing creationism in science classes
As seen at BBC Online September 13, 2008
Call for creationism in science

How dinosaurs came to dominance remains a puzzle
Triassic dinosaur ancestors neither more diverse nor faster evolving than competitors
As seen at CBC Online September 11, 2008
Dinosaurs lucked into dominance, researchers suggest

Tiny frog still alive in northern Australia
Armoured Mistfrog not seen since 1991
As seen at CTV Online September 11, 2008
Australian scientists discover 'extinct' frog

Paleobotanist Peter Crane reviews progress and prospects in discipline
Example mentioned of new understanding of evolution of Fagales (beeches and relatives)
As seen at ExpressIndia Online September 11, 2008
Fossils help in understanding plant evolution

Lager yeast arose twice, by hybridization
Independent origins of two kinds of lager yeast proven by different amounts of duplicated DNA
As seen at Market Watch Online September 10, 2008
Heads up: Stanford DNA Study Reveals Evolution of Beer Yeasts

New study shows crisis for North American fishes
Four of ten freshwater fish species are in peril
As seen at CBC Online September 8, 2008
Freshwater fish in North America at risk, study says

Illinois coal mines preserve ancient forests
300 million-year-old trees seen in roof of coal-mine tunnels
As seen at BBC Online September 8, 2008
Ancient trees recorded in mines

Scientist claims to be close to creating cells
Protocells can replicate, but not without intervention
As seen at Wired Online September 8, 2008
Biologists on verge of creating new form of life

Last Asian mammoths came from North America
DNA from extinct woolly mammoths suggests last survivors were immigrants
As seen at CBC Online September 4, 2008
Last woolly mammoths had North American roots: study

Where did that come from?
New Central American catfish has African relatives
As seen at The Scientist Online September 4, 2008
Whence this fish?

Steppe mammoth skull found in southern France
Male of the ancestor of the woolly mammoth lived 400,000 years ago
As seen at BBC Online September 1, 2008
'Rare' mammoth skull discovered

Giant clam discovered in Red Sea, may be endangered
Fossils show species was formerly much more abundant
As seen at BBC Online August 29, 2008
New giant clam species discovered

Parasitic wasp emerges to glare of publicity
Wasp hatched from fly maggot on investigator's desk
As seen at BBC Online August 28, 2008
New Parasitic wasp species found

Goblin shark seen attempting to feed
Strange shark's protroduding jaws captured on film
As seen at New Scientist Online August 26, 2008
Goblin shark caught on video

Small African bird is new species
Olive-backed forest robin is named Stiphrornis pyrrholaemus
As seen at Science Daily and Online August 17, 2008
New Bird Species Discovered In Gabon, Africa

Smallest snake found in Barbados
Tiny snake near size limit for reproduction
As seen at BBC Online August 3, 2008
World's smallest snake discovered

Front-fanged snakes evolved from rear-fanged ancestors
Embryonic study settles old debate about fang origins
As seen at National Geographic July 30, 2008
Snake-Fang Evolution Mystery Solved -- "Major Surprise"

Parasitic, blood-eating catfish among new discoveries
BBC team witnesses discovery of new fish species
As seen at BBC Online July 29, 2008
New fish species discovered
New catfish species discovered

Origin of tetrapods clarified by Latvian fossils
New remains help understand where Ventastega fits into evolutionary scheme
As seen at Science News June 25, 2008
Fossil helps document shift from sea to land

Dinosaur skeleton among most complete known
Young Tarbosaurus recovered from Mongolia
As seen at CTV Online July 24, 2008
Scientists recover complete dinosaur skeleton

Antarctica's climate shift reconstructed by fossils
Ostracod fossils document switch to cold, dry climate
As seen at BBC Online July 23, 2008
Fossils date Dry Valleys' origin

International team reaches halfway milestone
Census of Marine Life makes progress
As seen at Science Direct June 30, 2008
Census Of Marine Life Over Halfway To Complete Inventory

Origin of tetrapods clarified by Latvian fossils
New remains help understand where Ventastega fits into evolutionary scheme
As seen at Science News June 25, 2008
Fossil helps document shift from sea to land

Fish father carries eggs on his tail
Dad's get 'pregnant' in this group of fishes
As seen on CTV Online June 13, 2008
Aquarium announces rare sea dragon pregnancy

New catfish from South America named after retired clerk
Philadelphia scientists found catfish in museum's collections
As seen at Reuters June 9, 2008
New species of catfish named after mailroom clerk

Biodiversity review warns of effects on poor
Living standards of world's poor tied to biodiversity
As seen at BBC Online May 29, 2008
Nature loss 'to hurt global poor'

Hidden cameras used to study endangered rhino species
Rare rhino filmed in Java, Indonesia
As seen at BBC Online May 29, 2008
Rarest rhinoceros wrecks camera

Horror frog has unique 'claw' adaptation
Mechanics of 'claw' production explained
As seen at New Scientist May 28, 2008
'Horror frog' breaks own bones to produce claws

Australian fossil-fish mom had embryos in her uterus
Devonian placoderm had reproductive biology like many modern sharks
As seen at BBC Online May 28, 2008
Fossil reveals oldest live birth

Sharks being decimated by finning, bycatch, targeted fishing
More than half of world's sharks endangered
As seen at BBC Online May 22, 2008
Sharks swim closer to extinction

First dinosaur tracks discovered on Arabian Peninsula
Yemen residents had thought they were tracks of giant camels
As seen at BBC Online May 21, 2008 and July 28, 2008
New dinosaur tracks discovered
Yemen embraces its Jurassic past

Extinct Tasmanian tiger yields DNA fragment
Gene from museum specimen inserted into mouse embryo to study function
As seen at BBC Online May 20, 2008
Tasmanian tiger DNA 'resurrected'

Size of huge aquatic rodent debated
Scientists dispute estimates of giant South American rodent's size
As seen at BBC Online May 20, 2008
Biggest rodent 'shrinks in size'

Flying fish shows how it's done
Flight endurance record has video proof
As seen at BBC Online May 20, 2008
Flying fish keeps on flying

Rare hog from India survived in captivity
Captive breeding program allows release in wild
As seen at BBC Online May 19, 2008
Rare pigmy hogs head for the wild

Scientists studied energy use by primates on ground and in trees
Vertical locomotion efficient for small primates
As seen at BBC Online May 16, 2008
Ancestors had leg-up to trees

Biodiversity in decline
Humans causing loss of 1% of species per year
As seen at CBC Online May 16, 2008
Global alarm sounded over dramatic decline in bird, fish, mammal populations

Wildlife populations decline worldwide
Between 1/4 and 1/3 of world's wildlife lost since 1970
As seen at BBC Online May 16, 2008
Wildlife populations 'plummeting'

U.S. declares polar bear endangered
But Canadian officials do not
As seen at CTV Online May 14, 2008
Polar bear added to U.S. threatened species list

Climate change may spell end of UK's only mountain butterfly
Mountain ringlet butterfly in decline
As seen at BBC Online May 13, 2008
Extinction fear for butterflies

Platypus genome sequenced
International effort yields results that should clarify the Platypus' unique features
As seen at BBC Online May 7, 2008
Platypus genetic code unravelled

Small Phillipine mammal was believed to be extinct
Greater dwarf cloud rat still with us
As seen at CBC Online May 2, 2008
Mammal believed extinct found in mossy forest

Narwhal assessed by experts as most at risk
Iconic tusked whale may be worse off than polar bears
As seen at CTV Online April 25, 2008
Long-tusked whale at risk because of climate change

Canadian polar bears merit 'special concern'
Canadian committee refuses to list polar bear as endangered
As seen at CBC Online April 25, 2008
Polar bear remains a species 'of special concern': federal body

Human mtDNA harbours evidence of near split in human evolution
Genographic Project data analyzed to trace human population divergence and coalescence
As seen at BBC Online April 24, 2008
Human line 'nearly split in two'

Scientists flesh out bird origins
Connective tissue proteins in T. rex resemble those of birds
As seen at CTV Online April 24, 2008
Scientists study whether birds came from dinosaurs

Home computer users can help simulate evolution
Distributed computing uses volunteers
As seen at Evolution@home web site
Welcome to evolution@home

Amazon Molly avoiding extincton despite lack of sex
Species has lasted for 70,000 years without sexual reproduction
As seen at BBC Online April 23, 2008
No sex for all-girl species

Potential health benefits of biodiversity disappearing
Species are being lost before they can be studied
As seen at BBC Online April 23, 2008
Species loss 'bad for our health'

Auction of dinosaur in Paris raises questions
Sale of fossils a controversial practice
As seen at BBC Online April 16, 2008
Dinosaur skeleton auctioned

Natural selection explains increase in ratio of male to female offspring
Phenomenon common among non-human mammals
As seen at CTV Online April 22, 2008
Women bear sons when calorie intake high, researchers say

Rapid evolution and spread of flu viruses documented
Viruses spread from source rapidly
As seen at CTV Online April 16, 2008
Scientists probe where the flu comes from

Ancient relative of elephant ate aquatic vegetation
Isotope ratios in teeth point to diet
As seen at BBC Online, April 15, 2008
Elephant 'had aquatic ancestor'

Madagascar's 10% solution
Optimisation procedure aims to protect Madagascar biota by identifying key hotspots
As seen at BBC Online on April 11, 2008
Map reveals key wildlife hotspots

European synchotron reveals snake's other leg
Another Cretaceous snake with hind legs, this one from Lebanon
As seen at BBC Online on April 10, 2008
Ancient serpent shows its leg (video; click on audio link to hear explanation)

Endangered frog from Indonesia the first known to lack lungs
Lungs may be disadvantage in cold rushing stream habitat
As seen at CBC Online on April 8, 2008
Gasp! Scientists find first lungless frog

Hi-tech synchroton reveals tiny bugs in amber
Fossils detailed inside opaque fossil sap
As seen at BBC Online on April 1, 2008
Secret 'dino bugs' revealed

Archaic Homo made early trip to Europe
Spanish remains of Homo antecessor 400,000 years older than previous record
As seen at Toronto Star and CBC online on March 26-27, 2008
Human bones Europe's oldest
Early humans in Western Europe 1.3 million years ago, study suggests

Living fossil has fast-changing MtDNA sequence
Tuatara's slow evolution no thanks to hypervariable region of its mitochondrial DNA
As seen at Discovery Online on March 24, 2008
Sluggish reptile breaks speedy evolution record

Antarctic deep-sea surveys find giant life forms
New Zealand survey adds to odd finds
As seen at CTV and CBC Online on March 21, 2008
Giant marine life found in Antarctica
N.Z. Antarctic survey finds more deep-sea strangers

Oilsands yield large, new plesiosaur
Contrary to headline it's not a dinosaur
As seen at CTV on March 20, 2008
Oilsands dinosaur named after famous paleontologist

Small, greenish bird is new to science
Togian white-eye is endangered as soon as it is discovered
As seen at MSNBC on March 14, 2008
New bird discovered in Indonesia

Pygmy hippos filmed in Liberia
Zoological Society of London team records rare mammals
As seen at BBC Online March 10, 2008
Rare pygmy hippos caught on film

Bird reappears after 80 years of apparent extinction
Beck's petrel found in breeding numbers on remote island near Papua New Guinea
As seen at BBC Online March 7, 2008
'Extinct' bird found for 1st time in nearly 80 years

Early African fossil bats found in Egypt
New species include one of the largest fossil bats ever found
As seen at National Geographic Online March 6, 2008
Six New Prehistoric Bat Species Discovered in Egypt

Doubt cast on Hobbit hominids from Flores Island
Australian team claims dwarfism caused by malnutrition could explain "Homo floresiensis"
As seen at BBC Online March 5, 2008
New twist in Hobbit-human debate

Frogs and toads endangered by chytrid fungus
Toronto Zoo opens new rescue centre for amphibians
As seen at Toronto Star Online February 29, 2008
Zoo launches campaign to save endangered frogs

Svalbard gives up monster marine reptile
Pliosaur is biggest on record
As seen at BBC Online February 27, 2008
Sea reptile is biggest on record

Encyclopedia of Life project goes live
Web site and database to catalog all living species eventually
As seen at BBC Online February 26, 2008
First look at vast 'book of life'

Ancient rabbit ancestors found in India
Early lagomorphs lived 53 million years ago
As seen at BBC Online February 21, 2008
Fossil finds are rabbit forebears

Africa was location of human ancestors; native Americans related to Siberian group
Large study of human populations supports earlier theories
As seen at CTV Online February 21, 2008
DNA study supports African origin of man

Australian scientists discover new Antarctic life forms
New species include examples of gigantism
As seen at CTV Online February 19, 2008
Mysterious creatures found in Antarctica

Iconic hammerhead shark globally endangered
Over fishing including 'shark finning' to blame for decline
As seen at BBC Online February 18, 2008
Hammerhead in need of protection

Huge toad was contemporary of dinosaurs and crocodiles
Bones of Cretaceous toad were found in Madagascar
As seen at CTV and BBC Online February 18, 2008
Fossil of bowling-ball sized 'Devil Toad' found
'Frog from Hell' fossil found

Planthopper appeases lizard with treats
Video of unusual relationship posted
As seen at BBC Online February 16, 2008
Gecko 'begs' insect for honeydew

Warming could bring predators to Antarctic waters
Unique fauna vulnerable to warming, predators
As seen at BBC Online February 16, 2008
Warming risks Antarctic sea life

Niger yields more dinosaurs
Two meat-eaters unearthed in the Sahara
As seen at BBC Online February 14, 2008
New meat-eating dinos identified

Bat could fly, but couldn't echolocate
Not the oldest fossil bat, but arguably the most primitve
As seen at CBC Online February 13, 2008
Fossil of primitive bat shows flying evolved before its 'radar' ability

Miniature flyer shows pterosaur possibilities
Tiny pterosaur from China not a baby
As seen at BBC Online February 11, 2008 and CTV Online February 13, 2008
Flying reptiles came in miniature
Tiny dinosaur [sic] fossil is found in China

Mexican dinosaur named 12 years after discovery
Hadrosaur lived close to shoreline
As seen at CTV Online February 12, 2008
New dinosaur species found in Mexico

Remarkable maternal care in amphibians
Video of young caecilians eating their mother's skin
As seen at BBC Online February 9, 2008
'New type of bird' found in Nepal

Researchers propose barcode for plants
Small gene in chloroplast can distinguish 90% of species
As seen at BBC Online February 6, 2008
DNA 'barcode' revealed in plants

Warbler with long tail, narrow bill, adds to bird species known
First identified in 2005, its population contains only about 500 individuals
As seen at BBC Online February 5, 2008
'New type of bird' found in Nepal

New giant elephant shrew discovered and filmed
Neither elephant nor shrew, it is a member of the 'Afrotheria'
As seen at BBC Online February 1, 2008
Bizarre new mammal discovered

Terrestrial crocodile fossil put on display
Brazilian Cretaceous crocodile was agile, long-limbed
As seen at CTV Online January 31, 2008
'Missing link' croc displayed in Brazil

Hummingbird tail adapted for sound too
Sound produced during mating display dive explained
As seen at BBC Online January 30, 2008
Hummingbird 'uses tail to chirp'

53 sea lions bludgeoned to death on Galapagos
Islands threatened by intense international interest
As seen at BBC Online January 29, 2008
Sea lions massacred in Galapagos

World's rarest tortoise, ploughshare tortoise, among smuggled animals
More than 300 tortoises seized from smuggler
As seen at BBC Online January 28, 2008
Rare victory for Madagascar tortoises

Birds' wing angle key to flight
Same wing angle used whether running, flying, or gliding
As seen at BBC Online January 24, 2008
Secrets of bird flight revealed

Nice feathers! Beaks are so, like, last year
Female lark buntings prefer males with different characteristics in different years
As seen at CBC and BBC Online January 24, 2008
Plumage in, beaks out

Rare sea turtles dying in large numbers
Olive Ridley's turtles wash up on beaches
As seen at CTV Online January 16, 2008
Endangered sea turtles dying on Bangladesh coast

South American rodent was huge
Weighed over 1,000 kg, more than 3 m long, may have been semi-aquatic
As seen at CBC and BBC Online January 16, 2008
Prehistoric rodent was as big as a bull, scientists say
Gigantic fossil rodent discovered

Scottish crossbill faces threat to existence
Britain's only endemic bird species in danger
As seen at BBC Online January 15, 2008
Extinction threat to Scots bird

Growth of dinosaurs rivaled that of birds and mammals
Growth rings and medullary bone pinpoint age at sexual maturity
As seen at BBC and CTV Online January 15, 2008
Dinosaurs grew fast, bred young
Scientists test dinosaur's sexual maturity

Dino had thick skin
Chinese fossil reveals dinosaur skin beneath scales
As seen at BBC Online January 9, 2008
Flesh wound reveals dino secrets

Canadian bird makes trans-Atlantic flight
White-crowned sparrow excites British birders
As seen at BBC Online January 9, 2008
Rare bird found in coastal garden

Crossing blind cavefish from distant caves can restore some sight
Supports idea that blindness evolved convergently in distantly related cavefish populations
As seen at CBC Online January 7, 2008
Scientists restore sight to blind fish

Butterflies fool different ant species in different parts of Europe
Chemical coating convinces ants that larvae are theirs
As seen at BBC and CTV Online January 3-4, 2008
Caterpillars con ants with smell
Butterflies trick ants into raising young

Book claims dinosaurs plagued by insects
Insect-borne diseases could have debilitated the giant animals
As seen at CBC Online January 3, 2008
Insects contributed to dinosaur's demise, book says

Stories of 2007:

Tiny mammals with huge ears behaving naturally
Long-eared jerboa filmed in the wild in Mongolia
As seen at BBC Online December 30, 2007
Mysterious mammal caught on film

Giraffes may be more diverse than thought
Genetic evidence favors six reproductively isolated giraffe populations
As seen at BBC Online December 21, 2007
Not one but 'six giraffe species'

ROM's largest dinosaur discovered in its own collection
Museum needed sauropod for gallery, found one in basement
As seen at CTV Online and CBC Online December 15, 2007
ROM to unveil rare dino bones found in basement
Barosaurus is star attraction of new dinosaur galleries

Weddel Sea biodiversity makes Time's Top 10 scientific discoveries at #4
Hundreds of new species discovered in May 2007
As seen at Time Online December 12, 2007
#4. Hundreds of New Species

Giant birdlike dinosaur makes Time's Top 10 scientific discoveries at #7
Birdlike build not restricted to small dinosaurs
As seen at Time Online December 12, 2007
#7. A Big Birdlike Dinosaur

South African human skull makes Time's Top 10 scientific discoveries at #8
Skull 36,000 years old supports African origin for modern humans
As seen at Time Online December 12, 2007
#8. Man's Migration out of Africa

World's oldest animal makes Time's Top 10 scientific discoveries at #9
Specimen of clam Arctica atlantica lived 405 years
As seen at Time Online December 12, 2007
#9. The World's Oldest Animal

ROM's largest dinosaur discovered in its own collection
Museum needed sauropod for gallery, found one in basement
As seen at CTV Online and CBC Online December 15, 2007
ROM to unveil rare dino bones found in basement
Barosaurus is star attraction of new dinosaur galleries

Armored South American mammal discovered
Primitive glyptodont remains found high in Andes
As seen at Science Daily December 14, 2007
Andean Highlands In Chile yield ancient South American armored mammal fossil

Dinosaur bones recognized as new species
Massive carnosaur from Niger rivaled T. rex
As seen at BBC Online December 12, 2007
New meat-eating dinosaur unveiled

Tusks pitted by extraterrestrial debris
Could impact event have caused extinction of mammoths?
As seen at BBC Online December 11, 2007
Great beasts peppered from space

Rapid change occurring in human genes
Looked for genetic evidence of natural selection in genetic database
As seen at CBC Online December 10, 2007
Humans evolving faster, study says

Latest study debunks controversial theory about ancient earth
'Snowball earth' hotly debated; could have caused evolutionary bottlenecks
As seen at CBC Online December 5, 2007
Climate model doesn't support 'snowball earth' theory

Hadrosaur nicknamed 'Dakota' revealing surprises
Some soft tissues became mineralized; giant CT scanner being used
As seen at CBC Online December 3, 2007
Mummified dinosaur shows breathtaking detail

Royal Ontario Museum opens its new dinosaur gallery
Ideas about dinosaurs have changed since the last gallery was completed
As seen at The Star Online November 23, 2007
Evolution of a dinosaur

New dinosaur called Eotriceratops discovered
Earliest known relative of Triceratops
As seen at CBC Online November 22, 2007
Scientists uncover earliest horned dino in Alberta

Ancient eurypterid ("sea scorpion") was bigger than a human
46 cm long claw belonged to 2.5 meter animal
As seen at CBC Online November 20, 2007
Sea scorpion fossil belonged to biggest bug ever: scientists

Sexual selection assumption confirmed in fruitflies
Attractive fruitfly fathers have attractive sons, as models assume
As seen at CBC Online November 20, 2007
Fly Dads Sire Sexy Sons

Sahara yields new dinosaur
Wide mouth contained hundreds of tiny teeth
As seen at CBC Online November 15, 2007
Dinosaur with wide, vacuum cleaner-shaped mouth discovered in Niger

UK fossil vertebra touted as dinosaur breakthrough
Museum drawer contained unrecognized find
As seen at BBC Online November 15, 2007
Fossil is new family of dinosaur

Kenyan discovery adds to African primate history
New ape is remotely related to humans
As seen at BBC Online November 7, 2007
New African ape fossil found

Survival prospects for many bears appear grim
SE Asian sun bear among those most at risk
As seen at BBC Online November 7, 2007
Concern grows for smallest bear

Dinosaur breathing resembled aquatic birds'
Bony levers ventilated their air sacs
As seen at BBC Online November 7, 2007
Dinosaurs breathed like penguins

Large 'pig' found in Amazon
Said to be new species of peccary
As seen at Lycos News November 7, 2007
Scientist claims to find new pig species

'Flying lemurs' are not lemurs but are primate relatives
Colugos related to primates by their DNA
As seen at BBC Online November 2, 2007
Gliding mammal linked to humans

Southern Europe was home to large mammals
Giant hyenas, sabretoothed cats among 1.8 million-year-old finds
As seen at BBC Online October 31, 2007
Awesome beasts roved ancient site

Possible cure for amphibian-killing fungus found
Fungus decimating amphibian species
As seen at BBC Online October 30, 2007
Frog killer fungus 'breakthrough'

Digital reconstruction of ancient spider
Fossil spider couldn't be removed from amber
As seen at BBC Online October 29, 2007
Tiny spider 'digitally dissected'

Primate species in danger
Habitat destruction biggest factor
As seen at BBC Online October 26, 2007
Third of primates 'under threat'

Red-headed Neanderthals may have existed
Study points to unique genetic variant
As seen at BBC Online October 25, 2007
Neanderthals 'were flame-haired'

Warming in geologic past heralded mass extinctions
Link seen in 4 of 5 of the biggest extinction events
As seen at CTV Online October 24, 2007
Warming may bring mass extinctions: study

New worm and jellyfish discovered
Exploration in the Celebes Sea pays dividends
As seen at CTV Online October 17, 2007
Scientists discover rare marine species

Canadian trackway said to be earliest record of reptiles
315-million-year-old fossils from New Brunswick
As seen at BBC Online October 17, 2007
Ancient reptile tracks unearthed

One of the largest dinosaurs known to date
Huge sauropod known from neck and pelvic bones
As seen at BBC Online October 15, 2007
'Giant dino' found in Argentina

Diminutive Chinese tiger reappears from the dead
Juvenile South China tiger photographed by farmer
As seen at CBC Online October 13, 2007
Tiger species spotted two decades after it was thought extinct

Scientists create adhesives by copying frogs and lizards
Foot pads of tree frogs and geckos provide inspiration
As seen at CBC Online July 19 and October 12, 2007
Scientists design new superadhesive called 'geckel'
Tree frogs help scientists get stickier grip

Bdelloid rotifers solved problem
UK scientists learn how
As seen at BBC Online October 12, 2007
Eighty million years without sex

Closely related flycatcher species rarely hybridize
Reinforcement gene causes females to prefer their father's species
As seen at CBC Online October 5, 2007
Birds of a feather prefer to breed together

Hatchery-raised trout are not well adapted
Relaxed selection in hatcheries leads to loss of fitness in the wild
As seen at CBC Online October 5, 2007
Trout hatcheries cause 'stunning' loss of reproduction

Human appendix may not be useless after all
Scientists suggest it stores beneficial bacteria to repopulate the gut
As seen at CTV Online October 5, 2007
Scientists figure out what the appendix is doing

UK teachers reluctant to tackle evolution
New book advocates new approaches
As seen at BBC Online October 4, 2007
Teachers 'fear evolution lessons'

New Cretaceous hadrosaur had powerful bite
Gryposaurus had compact, powerful jaws
As seen at CTV Online October 3, 2007
Duck-billed dinosaur amazes scientists

Sabre-toothed bite force 1/3 that of lion
Smilodon used different strategy for bringing down prey
As seen at CBC Online October 1, 2007
Sabre-toothed tigers weren't big biters

Oxygen's rise in atmosphere clarified
Some free oxygen 2.5 billion years ago
As seen at CBC Online September 27, 2007
Earth's life-giving oxygen developed earlier than thought: scientists

Did Ice Age mammals succumb to impact?
12,900-year-old ash layer advanced as evidence
As seen at CBC Online September 25, 2007
Extra-terrestrial impact did in mammoths: scientists

Film star dinosaur had feathered arms
Velociraptor's forelimb had quill knobs
As seen at BBC Online September 21, 2007
Velociraptor dino 'had feathers'

'Hobbits' from Flores had primitive wrist bones
More like Australopithecus than Homo sapiens or H. neanderthalensis
As seen at CBC Online September 20, 2007
Wrists of 'hobbit' fossil suggest new species

Psittacosaurus young lived in groups
120-million-year-old dinosaurs were up to 4 years old
As seen at BBC Online September 20, 2007
Baby dinosaurs unearthed in China

Human-like fossils 1.8 million years old from Georgia
Small brains, primitive upper limbs contrast with more modern spines and lower limbs
As seen at BBC Online September 19, 2007
Georgia clues to human origins

Coral Sea near Great Barrier Reef needs protection
Center of shark diversity in peril
As seen at BBC Online September 17, 2007
Call to protect shark-filled sea

DNA barcodes interest agencies
Reliable species identification key selling point
As seen at CTV Online September 17, 2007
Scientists working on DNA barcoding system

IUCN Red List grows by more than 100 species
More than 16,000 species face extinction, only one has recovered
As seen at CTV Online September 12, 2007
Gorillas and coral at top of endangered list

Human ancestors lacked Achilles' heel
Evolution of Achilles tendon increased speed, efficiency
As seen at CBC Online September 11, 2007
Early humans were slowpokes, study finds

New ray named after vacuum cleaner brand
Electrolux addisoni sucks big time
As seen at Winnipeg Free Press Online September 7, 2007
Got 10K? Buy yourself a species

Tasmanian Tiger's bite bigger but not always better
Dingo superior with struggling prey
As seen at BBC Online September 7, 2007
Dingo had measure of Tassie tiger

Wrong trout being stocked to save endangered species in California
DNA-based study finds only some populations are the real thing
As seen at CTV Online September 6, 2007
Scientists used wrong fish to save species: study

Drill hits bull's-eye, lands ancient fish
Cretaceous fossil fish cored by oil well drillers
As seen at BBC Online September 5, 2007
Alberta fish fossil points to ancient link to Mediterranean

Dino doom sealed in Jurassic
Huge 160 My-old collision produced Baptistina asteroids, sending fragments to earth, moon
As seen at BBC Online September 5, 2007
Space pile-up 'condemned dinos'

European domesticated pigs not immigrants
But pig domestication introduced from Middle East
As seen at BBC Online September 4, 2007
Pig DNA reveals farming history

Fanged carcasses found by Texas residents
Vet says it's likely a dog
Update Nov. 7: genetic tests point to coyote identification
As seen at CBC Online August 31, and BBC Online Nov. 7, 2007
Texas town 'abuzz' over sightings of mythical, bloodsucking 'chupacabras'
Tests end Texas goat-sucker stir

Yangzte River dolphin, or baiji, spotted alive
Video said to be proof that the dolphin is not yet extinct
As seen at BBC Online August 29, 2007
Rare dolphin 'sighted' in China

Fossil pollen leads to claims of antiquity for orchid family
Miocene pollen on back of bee in amber 'proves' antiquity of orchids
As seen at BBC Online August 29, 2007
Orchids date to time of the dinos

Updated list doubles endangered habitats and species in UK
Hedgehogs and house sparrows now in need of protection
As seen at BBC Online August 27, 2007
Hedgehogs join 'protection' list

Origin of music mooted
Selective advantage of synchronized sound suggested
As seen at CBC Online August 22, 2007
Music and the brain

Fossil pycnogonids ('sea spiders') found in France
Jurassic specimens identified to three different species
As seen at BBC Online August 16, 2007
Fossil sea spiders thrill experts

Ancient trees date to 8 million years ago
Giant cypress tree trunks uncovered in open-pit mine
As seen at BBC Online August 12, 2007
Ancient forest found in Hungary

Human evolutionary tree more bushy than thought
Two extinct hominids overlapped in time in the same area
As seen at CTV Online August 8, 2007
African fossils challenge human evolution theory

Ancient skeleton to visit US museums
Australopithecus afarensis fossil dates from 3.2 million years ago
As seen at BBC Online August 6, 2007
Famous fossil Lucy starts US tour

Marine diversity better understood
Continental slope probed by remote submersible
As seen at CTV Online July 29, 2007
East Coast teems with new underwater species

Study points to advantage of bipedalism
Chimps save energy on two legs
As seen at CBC Online July 24, 2007
Study suggests walking on two legs saves energy

Enormous tusks on new fossil of mastodon
Scientists hope to obtain DNA from remains
As seen at BBC Online July 24, 2007
Greek mastodon find 'spectacular'

Elephant species diverged millions of years ago
DNA from extinct mastodon and woolly mammoth used in study
As seen at BBC Online July 24, 2007
Scientists map elephant evolution

Efficiency helps explain human bipedalism
Humans more efficient at walking than chimps
As seen at CBC Online July 24, 2007
Study suggests walking on two legs saves energy

Rocky Mountain jumping mouse, Southwestern Willow Flycatcher get second chance
Previous U.S. Fish and Wildlife official accused of meddling in scientific decisions
As seen at CTV Online July 21, 2007
U.S. endangered species rulings under review

Dinosaurs shared stage with their ancestors for 15-20 million years
They were slow to demonstrate their 'superiority'
As seen at CBC Online July 20, 2007
Dinosaurs had slow rise to prominence, study finds

Yosemite Park yields new species of orchid
Bob-orchid locality kept secret by authorities
As seen at Toronto Star Online July 17, 2007
Orchid species smells of 'sweaty feet'

Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered project launches
EDGE project aims to protect most divergent species
As seen at BBC Online July 16, 2007
Protection for 'weirdest species'

Attenborough's long-beaked echidna, thought to be extinct, survives
Burrows, tracks, and 'nose pokes' found in Papua New Guinea
As seen at BBC Online July 15, 2007
New hope over 'extinct' echidna

Another giant squid comes up dead
Colossus washes up on Tasmanian beach
As seen at CBC Online July 11, 2007
'Whopper' of a giant squid washes up on Australian beach; long as a bus

Most Canadians believe God had role in creating humankind
Poll finds 26 percent believe God created humans within last 10,000 years
74 percent believe in evolution but 34 percent said evolution guided by God
As seen at Toronto Star Online July 3, 2007
Must see God-creation link: Poll

Endangered species among confiscated specimens
Intercepted parcel evidence of insect smuggling ring
As seen at CBC Online July 3, 2007
Thai police confiscate shipment of dried beetles destined for French collector

Largest avian flier must have been glider
Argentinian giant bird had 7-metre (23-ft) wingspan
As seen at BBC Online July 2, 2007
Ancient American bird was glider

Edmontosaurus and Saurolophus cohabited here
Bones of the duck-billed plant eaters found in same deposit
As seen at CBC Online June 29, 2007
Different dinosaurs roamed at same time around Edmonton, scientists say

World littered with cats from Fertile Crescent
Domestic cat's mitochondrial DNA links with wild cats from Middle East
As seen at BBC Online June 28, 2007
DNA traces origin of domestic cat

Pygmy panda bear lived 2 million years ago
Fossilized skull about half the size of the modern panda's
As seen at BBC Online June 18, 2007
Giant panda ancestor not so giant

Gigantoraptor erlianensis was as tall as T. rex
Tall, but slender dinosaur found in Inner Mongolia
Evidence suggests it was feathered
As seen at CBC and CTV Online June 13, 2007
Remains of giant bird-like dinosaur unveiled
Remains of giant, bird-like dinosaur found in China

Chinese feathered dinosaurs begin U.S. tour
Fossil finds settled the long debate about bird origins
As seen at MSNBC June 13, 2007
Dinosaur fossils linked to birds to debut in U.S.

Europe hard on its wildlife
World Conservation Union says 15 percent of European mammals, 22 percent of marine mammals threatened
As seen at CNN International June 12, 2007
All creatures great, small and disappearing

Long-necked gliding reptile found in Virginia
Triassic glider probably ate insects
As seen at MSNBC June 12, 2007
Ancient gliding reptile found on East Coast

Suriname yields 24 animals new to science
Finds include fluorescent purple toad, 6 fish, 12 dung beetles, and one ant species
As seen at MSNBC June 4, 2007
Scientists find 24 new species in Suriname

Slow loris listed on CITES Appendix 1
Pet trade takes toll on cuddly but endangered mammal
As seen at BBC Online June 8, 2007
Too cute for comfort

Endangered sharks still to be traded
Spiny dogfish and porbeagle restrictions blocked by UN FAO
As seen at BBC Online June 8, 2007
Shark trade restriction bid fails

Sponge genome contained synapse components
Sponges lack nervous system but have precursors
As seen at CBC Online June 6, 2007
Origins of nervous system found in sponges

T. rex was like ocean liner
Famed dinosaur heavier than suggested, had difficulty turning quickly
As seen at BBC Online June 4, 2007
T. rex was 'slow-turning plodder'

Did human ancestors walk upright before leaving trees?
Upright walking in trees observed in great apes such as orangutans
As seen at BBC Online May 31, 2007
Upright walking 'began in trees'

Nessie rides again
Another video purports to show the monster swimming
As seen at Evening Times Online May 29, 2007
Scientist claims he saw Loch Ness Monster
Video story at YouTube

New Indian lizard lacks limbs
Closest relatives found in Sri Lanka and South Africa
As seen at CBC Online May 28, 2007
New species of limbless lizard found in eastern India: zoologist

Creation Museum opens in Kentucky
Bible seen as literal history, dinosaurs as living with humans
As seen at CTV May 28, 2007
Bible-based creation museum has dinosaurs

Two stegosaur babies walked near Denver
Jurassic footprints found in Colorado
As seen at CTV Online May 25, 2007
Stegosaur babies made tracks, researcher says

Spanish dinosaur swam 125 My ago
Footprints of swimmer left on lake bottom
As seen at CBC Online May 24, 2007
Swimming dinosaurs left tracks, scientists say

Paddlefish has two-phase Hox genes in fins; Zebrafish has only first phase
Second phase therefore not unique to tetrapods
As seen at BBC Online May 23, 2007
Genes shed light on fish fingers

Hammerhead joins parthenogenetic sisterhood
Strategy employed in absence of males
As seen at CTV Online May 23, 2007
Female sharks fertilize own eggs, study finds

Feathers or tendons on Sinosauropteryx?
Researchers dispute feathers of Chinese dinosaur
As seen at CBC Online May 23, 2007
Feathered dinosaur finding won't fly, say scientists

Deep-sea menagerie discovered
More than 700 new species live in deep, dark Antarctic waters
As seen at BBC Online May 16, 2007
Antarctic 'treasure trove' found

Endangered turtle found in Cambodia
Cantor's giant soft-shell turtle found at nesting ground
As seen at BBC Online May 16, 2007
Rare giant turtle found in Mekong

Gorgeted Puffleg endangered as soon as it's discovered
Lives in small forested area subject to slashing and burning for coca
As seen at CTV Online May 15, 2007
Rare hummingbird discovered in Colombia

Short-tailed opossum has genome decoded
Diminutive South American marsupial has 18-20,000 genes
Ease of breeding has made it 'marsupial of choice' for geneticists
As seen at BBC Online May 9, 2007
Tiny marsupial records DNA first

DNA barcoding centre begins work
Canadian university aims to identify species quickly
As seen at CBC Online May 9, 2007
World's first centre for rapid DNA species identification opens in Guelph

These too came out of Africa
Australian and Melanesians share DNA features of ancient Africans
As seen at CBC Online May 8, 2007
Common human ancestry theory bolstered

Two Titanosaurs Touted Down Under
Largest dinosaurs ever found in Australia
As seen at CTV Online May 4, 2007
Scientists unveil Australia's biggest dino bones

Basking shark endangered says COSEWIC
Canada's largest fish was target of government eradication program
As seen at Globe & Mail and CTV Online May 1, 2007
Basking shark is disappearing
Canada's largest fish endangered: scientists

Global warming to devastate amphibian species
Of 5,743 known species, 43% in decline, 32% threatened, 3% (168 species) already extinct
As seen at CBC Online May 1, 2007
Amphibians 'first to go' because of human changes

Chimps and bonobos use hand gestures
Gestures help understand origin of human language
As seen at BBC Online May 1, 2007
Ape gestures show human links

Lonesome George, last of his kind, has a relative
Genetic survey of Galgapagos Islands reveals hybrid between Pinta and Isabella species of giant tortoise
Lonesome George is last known Pinta tortoise
As seen at BBC Online April 30, 2007
DNA search gives hope to tortoise

Video clip reveals tiny rhino in the wild
Small rhino is critically endangered and seldom seen
As seen at CTV Online April 25, 2007
Endangered Sumatran rhino caught on film
Video of rhino (preceded by an ad)

Rare bird turns out to be new genus
Only museum specimen in world is at University of Florida
As seen at Science Daily April 20, 2007
New genus of frogmouth bird discovered in Solomon Islands

Illegal swim disturbed snail habitat
Rare snail lives in Cave and Basin Hot Spring
As seen at CBC Online April 20, 2007
Forbidden swim kills endangered Banff snails

Earth's first forests revealed
Fossils of genus Wattieza were among first known trees
As seen at BBC Online April 19, 2007
Fossilized tree mystery solved

Diatoms from Antarctic seafloor record history of ice sheet
Some fossils represent new species
As seen at BBC Online April 19, 2007
Tiny fossils reveal ice history

Kentucky creationist museum nears completion
Display shows vegetarian T. rex beside human children
Touts 'runaway subduction' to explain endemism on different continents
As seen at BBC Online April 14, 2007
Creationist museum challenges evolution

Termite evolution clarified
Share genetic sequences and gut bacteria with wood-eating cockroaches
As seen at BBC Online April 13, 2007
Termites are 'social cockroaches'

Collagen recovered from dinosaur bone
Researchers hope to match protein sequence with living taxa
As seen at CTV Online April 12, 2007
New study links dinosaurs to living species

UN delegation assesses Galapagos dangers
Ecuador declares islands at risk and national priority for action
As seen at BBC Online April 11, 2007
Galapagos Islands 'facing crisis'

Pope weighs in on evolution
Says theory can't be finally proven
As seen at CTV Online April 11, 2007
Evolution can't be proven: Pope Benedict

ITIS-Species 2000 project reaches milestone
International collaboration aims to catalog all living species
As seen at CTV Online April 8, 2007
Researchers catalog more than 1 million species

Human bones from China are 40,000 years old
Features controversially said to indicate interbreeding with more archaic Homo
As seen at BBC Online April 2, 2007
Ancient human unearthed in China

Global warming to be biodiversity disaster
Temperature rise already devastating sensitive species
Amphibians among those hit hardest
As seen at CTV Online April 1, 2007
Warming will cause demise of some species: Panel

Troglobites stop giant mine, for now
Eleven species of the tiny spider-like creatures discovered deep underground
As seen at BBC Online March 29, 2007
Tiny animals stop Australian mine

Mammal radiation not dependent on dinosaur extinction
Researchers construct 'supertree' and reach controversial conclusions
As seen at BBC Online March 28, 2007
Mammal rise 'not linked' to dinos

Darwin dithering disputed
New analysis claims he was simply preoccupied by taxonomic works
As seen at BBC Online March 27, 2007
Darwin 'was committed to publish'

Limb loss documented in ancient aquatic lizard
Sugests process leading to evolution of snakes
As seen at National Geographic News March 26, 2007
Weird Lizard Fossil Reveals Clues to Snake Evolution, Experts Say

Dinosaur den discovered
Skeleton of mother and two juveniles preserved in burrow
As seen at CBC Online March 21, 2007
Dig this: burrowing dinosaur unearthed

Beetle back from the brink in U.K.
Short-necked oil beetle, believed extinct, rediscovered in Devon
As seen at BBC Online March 19, 2007
Beetle re-emerges after 60 years

Fossil mammal's ear caught in transition
Cretaceous mammal had ear bones still connected to jaw
As heard on CBC Radio 2's Quirks and Quarks March 17, 2007
Hearing the Missing Link

Is sex necessary for diversification?
Bdelloid rotifers may be exception to rule
As seen at CBC Online March 20, 2007
40 million years without sex?

Purported video of Ivory-billed Woodpecker doubted
Researcher believes it to be a Pileated Woodpecker, common in the region
As seen at BBC Online March 16, 2007
Woodpecker's existence questioned

Charles Darwin's home life clarified
Emma Darwin kept detailed diaries of events, visitors, life and death
As seen at BBC Online March 15, 2007
Darwin's wife's diaries go online
Link to the diaries
BBC video report

Species evolve faster in the north than in the tropics
Trend is opposite to conventional wisdom
As seen at CBC Online March 15, 2007
Cold climates a hotbed for species turnover

Clouded leopard of Borneo and Sumatra a distinct species of large cat
Color pattern and genetics are distinct from mainland form
As seen at BBC Online and Toronto Star Online March 15, 2007
New leopard species identified (video report)
Leopard a new kind of cat

Species evolve faster in the north than in the tropics
Trend is opposite to conventional wisdom
As seen at CBC Online March 15, 2007
Cold climates a hotbed for species turnover

Collosal squid arrives at museum in New Zealand
Huge squid caught in February, needs enormous tank of preservative
As seen at BBC Online March 15, 2007
Collosal squid's headache for science

Speculations on what might been
If dinosaurs had survived the K/T boundary extinction
As seen at BBC Online March 13, 2007
What if the asteroid had missed

Pig dispersal routes mapped by phylogeography
Mitochondrial DNA of jaw bones and teeth from Pacific islands
As seen at BBC Online March 13, 2007
Pigs clue to early human colonies

Robot models origin of tetrapods
Swiss researchers build mechanical amphibian
As seen at CTV Online March 8, 2007
Robot salamander may give clues to evolution

Rare bird resurfaces after 139 years
Unusual bird matched specimen in museum drawer
As seen at CTV Online March 7, 2007
Wetland bird rediscovered in Thailand

Horned dinosaur found
New centrosaur an important evolutionary link
As seen at CBC Online and CTV Online March 5, 2007
Dinosaur discovery named after Alberta rancher
Museum identifies new species of dinosaur

Fish markets yield new sharks
Australian researchers find new sharks in Indonesian markets
As seen at Globe & Mail Online February 28, 2007
Researchers identify new sharks, rays

Melting ice reveals hidden life forms in Antarctica
Giant amphipod, ice fish among discoveries
As seen at BBC Online February 25, 2007
Unveiling the Antarctic

'DNA bar-codes' suggest new species of birds and bats
but fail to distinguish others, called 'twins'
As seen at CBC Online February 19, 2007
DNA 'bar codes' identify 15 new species of birds

Swordtail tails likely confer sexual selection advantage
Females mature faster in presence of male with large tail
Smaller males mature more slowly
As seen at CBC Online, February 14, 2007
Size matters in fish mating

Tool use may not be a human innovation
Chimpanzees using stone tools for thousands of years
As seen at CBC Online, February 12, 2007
Prehistoric chimps used stone tools: report

Eocene-Oligocene extinction coincided with dramatic cooling
Temperature dropped over 400,000 years, 33.5 million years ago
As seen at CNN Online, February 7, 2007
Horse teeth give details of ancient big chill

New microbes found on human skin
Study finds 8% of species are new
As seen at BBC Online, February 6, 2007
Human skin harbours unknown bugs

'Turkana Boy' to go on display in Kenya
Most complete skeleton known of early hominid
As seen at CNN Online, February 6, 2007
Ancient boy's skeleton sparks evolution debate

Giant birds' timing revised
Arrived earlier from South America and died out before last ice age
As seen at BBC Online, January 31, 2007
'Terror birds' never met humans

Sedge species found in Britain for first time
Not known whether it arrived recently or not
As seen at BBC Online, February 1, 2007
Search for sedge species starts

Flores hominids a separate species
New study debunks microcephalic theory
As seen at BBC Online, January 29, 2007
'Hobbit' human 'is a new species'

Fossil bonanza in Australia
Extinct beasts found in Nullarbor Plain cave
As seen at BBC Online, January 25, 2007
Caverns give up huge fossil haul

Excavations to resume at Flores cave
Original team had been barred from continuing
As seen at BBC Online, January 25, 2007
Hobbit cave digs set to restart

Second dragon gives virgin birth
Five baby Komodo dragons hatch in UK zoo
As seen at BBC Online, January 24, 2007
Virgin lizard becomes new parent

Live frilled shark filmed
Rare, deep-sea shark captured on video
As seen at Educated Earth, January 23, 2007
Frilled shark

Biplane dinosaurs touted
Hind-limb flight surface contributed to gliding
As seen at BBC Online, January 22, 2007
Flying dinos had bi-plane design

Species on the EDGE (Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered)
Unique species need special protection
As seen at BBC Online, January 16, 2007
Protection for 'weirdest' species

Romanian skull has Neanderthal features
Raises question of interbreeding with modern humans
As seen at Globe and Mail Online, January 15, 2007
Your granddaddy may be part Neanderthal

African fossil skull supports 'Out of Africa' theory
36,000-year-old skull similar to contemporaneous finds in Europe
As seen at CBC Online, January 12, 2007
Ancient skull tells tale of human origins

Picobiliphyte is new kind of fluorescent algae
Found during DNA survey of oceans
As seen at CBC Online, January 12, 2007
Cold-loving algae discovered in Arctic

Rafflesia, giant flower with fetid odor, classified at last
Molecular sequences suggest relationship to spurge family
As seen at Yahoo News and BBC Online, January 11, 2007
Mystery of world's biggest, yuckiest flower solved
Family found for gigantic flowers

Stories of 2006:

Experimental evidence that giraffe necks offer competitive advantage
As Darwin predicted, they allow browsing from higher branches
As seen Edmonton Journal Dec. 29, 2006
Winning by a neck -- Giraffes avoid competing with shorter browsers

Red squirrels anticipate 'mast years' in spruce
Have upper hand in 'arms race' of cone pruduction and consumption
As seen CBC Online Dec. 27, 2006
Squirrels are great gamblers on nature's unpredictable seeding seasons

Australia's giant animals not killed by climate
Climate not a factor, implicating humans
As seen at Globe and Mail Online Dec. 26, 2006
What killed Australia's giant animals?

Three of the top 10 science discoveries of 2006 were in evolutionary biology
No. 2: Neanderthal DNA; No. 4: Tiktaalik, the fish/tetrapod; No. 7: speciation mechanisms
As seen at Science Magazine Online Dec. 22, 2006
Breakthrough of the year: the runners up

NZ bone fragments 16 to 19 million years old touted
New Zealand thought to lack native terrestrial mammals
Contrary to title, it's not a mouse and it might not be a terrestrial mammal
As seen at the Globe and Mail Online Dec. 21, 2006
Mouse fossil raises ancient questions

Largest European dinosaur named
Spanish fossils from the Jurassic
As seen at the BBC Online Dec. 21, 2006
Europe's 'biggest dinosaur' found

Komodo dragon attempts virgin birth
Second case known in British zoos
Parthenogenesis somewhat common in other lizards and snakes
As seen at the CBC Online Dec. 20, 2006
Virgin Komodo dragon prepares to give birth during the holiday season

World's most endangered mammal likely gone
Detailed survey in China fails to find even one
Population size too small for survival
As seen at the BBC Online Dec. 14, 2006
Failure in Yangtse dolphin search

Ancient gliding mammal from China
Dates to at least 125 million years ago
Used fold of fur-covered skin between fore and hind legs and tail
As seen at the BBC Online Dec. 12, 2006
Earliest flying mammal discovered

Text messaging aids fishy menu decision
South African diners identify endangered fish species
As seen at the CTV Online Dec. 11, 2006
SMS can tell you if fish is endangered

Antarctica yields baby marine reptile
Young plesiosaur collected under extreme conditions
As seen at the CTV Online Dec. 11, 2006
Baby plesiosaur bones found in Antarctic

Survey of deep-sea life yields surprises
Report details progress on Census of Marine Life project
As seen at Globe and Mail Online and BBC Online Dec. 10, 2006
Study shows ocean depth teaming with life
See creatures: the hottest ocean discoveries revealed

Melting glaciers fueled oxygen increase before Cambrian explosion
Little oxygen until glaciers melted; multicellular life followed
As seen at CBC Online Dec. 8, 2006
Ocean oxygen levels spurred early life, researchers say

One strike or two?
Ocean-floor cores suggest one impact event
As seen at CNN Online Dec. 1, 2006
Study: single massive asteroid wiped out dinosaurs

Tagish Lake meteorite "totally unique"
Fell in Yukon nearly seven years ago; has remained frozen since
Could hold clues to life's origins
As seen at CBC Online Nov. 30, 2006
Meteorite may hold secret to life outside earth

Rain forest nature reserve established in Brazil
Great pictures of some of the amazing wildlife
As seen at the BBC Online Dec. 5, 2006
Forest creatures: new protection for Brazil's wildlife

Ancient fish Dunkleosteus had big bite
Unique jaw mechanism created suction, bite force
As seen at the Telegraph Online and BBC Online Nov. 29, 2006
This fish was king when it came to the crunch
Ancient 'Jaws' had monster bite

Cold-adapted and high-altitude species going extinct
Climate change claiming victims
As seen at CNN Online Nov. 23, 2006
Global warming already killing species, analysis says

Partial genome sequenced from 38,000 year-old Neanderthal fossil from Croatia
Not the first time Neanderthal DNA sequenced
As seen at Globe and Mail Online Nov. 15, 2006
Scientists sequence Neanderthal DNA

Gene for brain development has allele that might be from Neanderthals
Molecular clock estimates allele age at 37,000 years in Europe
As seen at CNN Online Nov. 8, 2006
Could our big brains come from Neanderthals?

Dolphin reported with hind fins
Second pair of fins small, near base of tail
As seen at CTV Online Nov. 4, 2006
Bottlenose dolphin may have remains of hind legs

Idaho State professor searches for Sasquatch
University colleagues embarrassed by association
As seen at CTV Online November 4, 2006
Professor takes heat for Bigfoot research

Short-faced bear scratched cave walls
Recently discovered cave solves mysteries, raises questions
As seen at CNN Online October 30, 2006
Cave an Ice Age time capsule

Romanian cave yields fossils from 30,000 years ago
Early modern humans share some Neanderthal features
Whether Neanderthals and modern humans interbred remains controversial
As seen at BBC Online October 30, 2006
Cave fossils are early Europeans

Largest known bird skull on Miocene avian carnivore
South American phorusrhacid had huge skull
As seen at Telegraph Online October 26, 2006
Hang on to your dog: meet the voracious 10 ft Terror Bird

Bee DNA sequenced and ancient bee fossil discovered
Fossil in 100-million-year-old amber from Burma
Bee DNA shares some features with ours
As seen at BBC Online October 25, 2006
Bee fossil, DNA generate buzz

Ancient hominid to visit North America
Ethiopia hopes exhibit spurs tourism
As seen at BBC Online October 25, 2006
Lucy's ancient bones to tour US

Geologists confirm ancient reversal in flow of Amazon
Ages of zircons in sedimentary rocks confirm earlier clues; implications for biogeography
As seen at BBC Online October 24, 2006
Amazon River 'switched direction'

Cambridge University mounts digitized Darwin opus
40,000 images and 50,000 text pages, all searchable, by 2009
As seen at BBC Online October 19, 2006
Charles Darwin's works go online
Darwin Online web site

U of Alberta paleontologists discover ancient mammal
Puzzle pieced together over 30 years
As seen at Globe & Mail Online October 16, 2006
New critter solves ancient puzzle

550-million-year-old embryos reveal primitive multicellular life forms
Caught in act of dividing; show no trace of tissue layers
As seen at BBC Online October 13, 2006
Tiny fossils reveal inner secrets

Endosymbiotic bacterium has 160,000 base pairs coding for 182 genes
Organism relies on host for many functions
As seen at LiveScience October 12, 2006
Smalles genome of living creature discovered

'Living fossil' mouse found on Cyprus
Rare find of new European mammal species
Mouse arrived thousands of years before humans, evolved into distinct species
As seen at CTV Online October 12, 2006
New species of mouse discovered in Cyprus

Colorful new brush-finch discovered in cloud forest in Colombia
Yariguies brush-finch named after tribe that inhabited area before Spanish conquest
As seen at ScienceDaily October 9, 2006 and Edmonton Journal October 10, 2006
New bird discovered on unexplored Colombian mountain

Ice-age camel more than twice size of modern dromedary
Bones date back up to 150,000 years; species likely hunted by humans
As seen at BBC Online October 10, 2006
Giant camel fossil found in Syria

Sharks in decline in Australian waters
Grey nurse shark soften caught inadvertently by fishermen despite protected status
As seen at BBC Online October 6, 2006
Sharks swim into political waters

Maritime abilities of early humans greatly underestimated
Coastal habitats offer alternative to land bridge theories
As seen at BBC Online October 5, 2006
Early humans followed the coast

Plesiosaurs and ichthyosaurs found on Svalbard (Spitsbergen)
Largest one truly huge, nicknamed the 'Monster'
As seen at BBC Online and Globe and Mail Online October 5, 2006
Monster fossil find in Arctic
Sea monster's remains found on Arctic island

New genetic studies promise to shed light on human evolution
Small genetic changes made big difference
As seen at Time Magazine Online October 4, 2006
What makes us different?

Asian immigrant fish expanding range in eastern USA
Mass migration expected this fall
As seen at CTV Online October 3, 2006
Potomac River sees increase in snakehead fish

Tarantulas use silk exuded by all 8 feet for clinging to smooth surface
Which evolved first? Foot silk or web silk?
As seen at BBC Online September 28, 2006
Sticky feet help tarantulas climb

New international telescope will further search for planets beyond our solar system
Will show astronomers the universe before formation of stars and galaxies
As seen at CBC Online September 30, 2006
Powerful telescope could shed light on life's origins

Dinosaur Coelophysis may not have been a cannibal
Gut contained crocodilians not conspecifics
As seen at BBC Online September 23, 2006
Dinosaur's reputation challenged

Oldest bird Archaeopteryx lithographica used legs for lift
Feathers on legs aided in flight
As seen at CBC Online September 22, 2006
Ancient birds had four wings, Canadian researcher says

Infant fossil found of 'Lucy' species Australopithecus afarensis
3.3 million year-old skeleton among most complete known
Promises insights into evolution of human locomotion
As seen at BBC Online September 21, 2006
'Lucy's baby' found in Ethiopia
and CTV Online
Ancient skeleton to shed light on ape-man species

New shark 'walks' on its fins
New shark and other animals found in Papua Province, Indonesia
Expedition leader Mark Erdmann and wife famous for 1997 discovery of second coelacanth species
As seen at Globe and Mail Online September 16, 2006
It walks, but it's no land shark

Ancient Britain populated by selected European animals
Even when English Channel was dry, a major river system filtered animal dispersal
As seen at BBC Online September 16, 2006
Channel's key role in prehistory

Gibraltar caves housed 'last of the Neanderthals'
Dated to as recently as 24,000 years ago
As seen at BBC Online September 13, 2006
Neanderthals 'last rock refuge'

Royal Botanical Gardens issues warning
Climate change threatens plant diversity
As seen at BBC Online September 11, 2006
Kew spreads climate change word

Babbler from India is latest new bird
Only 14 specimens known to exist
As seen at BBC Online September 11, 2006
'New rare bird' spotted in India

Pigments used 200,000 years ago by early humans
Uncertain which subspecies of humans was involved
As seen at BBC Online September 10, 2006
Colourful beginning for humanity

Why female mantis eats male during mating
What males might do to avoid being eaten
As seen at New York Times Online September 5, 2006; Edmonton Journal print edition September 10, 2006 page E9
This can't be love. Article is no longer free to non-subscribers.

Humans tried repeatedly to colonize Britain beginning 700,000 years ago
Extreme climate and glaciers beat them back
Modern Britons arrived just 12,000 years ago
As seen at BBC Online September 5, 2006
Britain's human history revealed

Cambridge scientist models pterosaur flight
Modified wrist bone key to debate about lift capacity
As seen at Edmonton Journal September 3, 2006 and Daily Telegraph Online August 22, 2006
Could it pick up Raquel? Not in a million years

Introduced species threaten Galapagos native species
Lizard, turtle, goats among problem species
As seen at BBC Online August 27, 2006
Galapagos 'face species threat'

College students search for clues to dinosaur life, death
Grueling work has its rewards
As seen at CNN Online August 25, 2006
It's real life CSI for dinosaur detectives

Range of blue sharks changing
Scientists use satellite tags to learn why
As seen at CBC Online August 18, 2006
Researchers fishing for answers to blue shark mystery

Evolutionary biology notably absent from list of approved programs for federal funding in USA
Department of Education blames it on a clerical error, promises to restore it
As seen at NYTimes Online August 24, 2006
Evolution major vanishes from approved federal list

Area of human genome changed about 70 times faster than remainder
Gene turns on in fetus at 7 weeks and shuts down at 19 weeks
As seen at CTV Online August 18, 2006
Scientists link gene to human brain evolution

Northern part of owl's range under pressure from resource exploitation
Environmental groups may sue to protect owl
As seen at CBC Online August 17, 2006
Spotted owl not in danger, federal minister says

Fossil relative of baleen whales had teeth
Australian find suggests baleen-whale ancestors were hunters
As seen at BBC Online August 17, 2006
Whale fossil sports fierce teeth

39% of Americans call evolution 'absolutely false'
80% of Europeans and Japanese accept evolution
As seen at Globe and Mail Online August 11, 2006
In evolution, Americans are big non-believers

Two small plants need protection
Alberta lacks endangered species legislation
As seen at CBC Online August 10, 2006
Environment minister asked to save Alberta plants facing extinction

Hox genes duplicated more than 500 million years ago
Scientists engineer gene like the ancient Hox1 gene from parts of modern Hoxa1 and Hoxb1 genes
As seen at BBC Online August 7, 2006
Evolution reversed in mice

Oceans team with microbial life
20,000 species in 1 liter of deep sea water
As seen at CBC Online July 31, 2006
Thousands of bacterial species found in oceans

Australian plesiosaurs found
Lived in cold inland seas
As seen at BBC Online July 27, 2006
Australian 'Nessie' fossils found

Pterosaurs used crests for display
Brazilian fossil of immature has partly developed crest
As seen at BBC Online July 27, 2006
Flying reptile mystery 'solved'

Arizona caves yield new crickets
New genus and four new species among discoveries
As seen at CTV Online July 26, 2006
Researchers report discovering new type of cricket

Genetic machinery of paired fins shared with median fins
Even lampreys, which lack paired fins, have these genes
As seen at CBC Online July 26, 2006
Scientists discover genetic origins of fins, limbs

Remains of frogs 10 million years old
Fossil frogs from Spain yield Miocene marrow
As seen at BBC Online July 26, 2006
Fossil frogs yield 'soft tissues'

Could dinosaurs regulate body temperature?
Team examined relationship among growth rate, body size, and body temperature.
Suggest they were ectotherms when small, inertial homeotherms when large.
As seen at BBC Online July 10, 2006
Bigger dinos had warmer blood

Rhinoceros subspecies hunted to oblivion
Black rhinos not found in their last known habitat in Cameroon
As seen at BBC Online July 10, 2006
Extinction fear for black rhino

Mammoths came in different colours
Coat colour varied genetically much like that of many modern mammals
As seen at BBC Online July 6, 2006
Gene reveals mammoth coat colour

Edmontosaurus bonebed in Edmonton
Some among largest known of species
As seen at Toronto Star Online July 4, 2006
Dinosaur herd's bones found in Alberta

Global warming triggers earlier arrival
Migrating birds evolving rapidly in response to warming
As seen at BBC Online July 2, 2006
Long-haul birds 'returning early'

Edmontosaurus comes home
Field course participants find dinosaur bones
As seen at CBC Online June 29, 2006
Edmonton lives up to dino bone billing

New snake species has unusual ability
Rear-fanged water snake found in Borneo
As seen at BBC Online June 26, 2006
Snake displays changing colours

Great to-do about the Dodo
Team finds associated bones of individual Dodos and giant Mauritian tortoise
As seen at BBC Online June 24, 2006
Dodo skeleton find in Mauritius

Harriet the Galapagos tortoise dies
DNA tests suggest birth around 1830; Darwin visited Galapagos in 1835 and brought young tortoises back to UK, but Harriet (originally thought to be Harry) belongs to subspecies on island Darwin never visited
As seen at BBC Online June 23, 2006
Harriet the tortoise dies at 175

Amber-preserved web and genetic evidence agree
Orb-weaving spiders date to at least 136 million years
Fossilized web and phylogeny of silk genes reported in same issue of Science
As seen at BBC Online June 22, 2006
Ancient web spins evolution story

Chinese orchid self pollinates
Lives at high altitude on tree trunks
As seen at CBC Online June 22, 2006
Orchid does 360 degree twist to self pollinate

Early Cretaceous fossil lamprey from China
Lamprey fossils first to come from freshwater deposit
As seen at Nature Online June 22, 2006
A lamprey from the Cretaceous Jehol biota of China

Hybrid origin for butterfly species supported
Laboratory crosses resemble wild species
As seen at BBC Online June 21, 2006
Two butterfly species become one in lab

Evolution statement signed by 67 national academies of science
Key facts about evolution never contradicted by science
As seen at BBC Online June 21, 2006
Scientists urge evolution lessons
Statement is reproduced in a pdf file here.

DNA sequences estimate panda numbers
Analysis of droppings suggests population size
As seen at CBC Online June 19, 2006
Giant panda census raises conservation hopes

Lower Cretaceous fossils found in China
Skeletons with feathers of aquatic fossil bird
As seen at MSNBC Online 15 June 2006
Waterfoul fossils fill in a big missing link

Laonastes aenigmamus, the kha-nyou, recorded live
Only living rodent in family Dicraniidae
As seen at BBC Online 15 June 2006
'Fossil' rock rat pictured alive (with video link)

Lower Cretaceous orb weaver
Spider found in Spanish amber 115 million years old
As seen at BBC Online 14 June 2006
Early web-spinner found in amber

New hammerhead species breeds near South Carolina coast
Cryptic species detected through genetic work
As seen at BBC Online 10 June 2006
New shark discovered in US waters

Permo-Triassic extinction may have a crater under Antarctic ice
Volcanism most commonly accepted cause up to now
As seen at CTV and BBC Online 8 June 2006
Expert: meteor may have caused extinction
Big crater seen beneath ice sheet

Australian rocks formed shortly after earth itself
Stromatolites may be the oldest fossils on earth
As seen at Globe and Mail Online 7 June 2006
Australia's odd-shaped mounds actually fossils, scientists say

Females of California millipede have more than 600 legs
Males shorter, have only about 400 legs
As seen at CBC Online 7 June 2006
Rare, leggy millipede spotted after 80 years

Island dwarfing accounted for small size of these dinosaurs
Discovered in northern Germany
As seen at CBC and BBC Online 7 June 2006
Fossil hunters discover dwarf dinosaur species
Mini-dinosaurs emerge from quarry

Neanderthal DNA from 100,000 years ago
Earlier Neanderthals may have been more genetically diverse
As seen at BBC Online 6 June 2006
Tooth gives up oldest human DNA

Ecosystem was hidden for millions of years
Lake inside cave yields eight new species
As seen at Globe and Mail Online 1 June 2006
Lost world found in Israeli cave

Frequency-dependent survival documented in guppies
Rare colour patterns conferred survival advantage
As seen at CBC Online 31 May 2006
Uniquely coloured guppies show survival advantage

Tiny hominids from Flores made stone tools
Tools comparable to those of primitive species of Homo
As seen at BBC Online 31 May 2006
New twist in 'hobbit' human story

Second member of living fossil group found
Crustacean found in Coral Sea
As seen at Globe and Mail Online 19 May 2006
French scientists find 'living fossil'

Ivory-billed woodpecker proving elusive
Experts cannot yet confirm its existence
As seen at Globe and Mail Online 19 May 2006
Hunt for ivory-billed woodpecker proving fruitless

Are 'Hobbit' people from Flores really distinct?
Argue that remains represent microencephalic individual
As seen at Globe and Mail Online 19 May 2006
Scientists challenge labelling Flores find as new species

Eight new frogs in two years
Amphibians from Laos
As seen at CTV Online 5 May 2006
Eight new frog species discovered in Laos

Bermuda Triangle gives up secrets to Census of Marine Life
Sea life from the deep
As seen at CTV Online 5 May 2006
Twelve new species found in deep sea sampling

Dinosaur bone found in drill core 2.3 km below floor of Norwegian North Sea
Knuckle bone of Plateosaurus
As seen at BBC Online 3 May 2006
North Sea fossil is deepest dino

Polar bear, hippo, and many sharks among threatened species
Added to Red List by World Conservation Union
As seen at BBC Online 1 May 2006
More species slide to extinction
IUCN Red List web site

'Noah's Ark' rescue project for amphibian diversity under way
Amphibian populations already stressed, now being devastated
As seen at Chicago Tribune Online 28 April 2006
Deadly fungus devastating frog populations

Drake Passage opened earlier than thought
Channel between South America and Antarctica opened 41 million years ago, as neodymium signature in fish teeth shows
As seen at BBC Online 26 April 2006
Fossil gives clue to big chill

Release of young owls in recovery program
Burrowing owls formerly inhabited southern B.C. grasslands
As seen at CBC Online 22 April 2006
Endangered owls ready to take flight in B.C.

Fossil snake with sacrum found in Argentina
Hind legs connected to pelvis connected to backbone
As seen at CTV Online 20 April 2006
Long-held snake evolution theory questioned

New species of meat-eating Mapusaurus found by Dr. Phil Currie and colleagues in Argentina
Quarry contains remains of seven animals
As seen at CTV Online 17 April 2006
Dig finds largest known carnivorous dinosaur

Cactus Ferruginous Pigmy Owl loses protected status
Not a distinct subspecies, says US Fish and Wildlife Service
As seen at CTV Online 14 April 2006
Tiny owl may be taken off endangered list
You can read the actual FWS document here:
Federal Register 71(72):19452-19458

British debate teaching of evolution
Royal Society warns against teaching creationism in science classes
As seen at BBC Online 12 April 2006
Creationism 'no place in schools'

Mother caecilians let their young eat their skin
Adaptation seen for first time in tetrapods, captured on film
As seen at Nature Online 12 April 2006
Parental investment by skin feeding in a caecilian amphibian

Catfish emerges from water to eat terrestrial insects
Possible model for feeding in early tetrapods
As seen at BBC Online 12 April 2006
African fish leaps for land bugs

Bastions of plant systematics still relevant
Botanical gardens modernize, preserve
As seen at Nature Online 12 April 2006
Gardens in full bloom

Laotian pig not so different
Recently rediscovered pig differs little from Sus scrofa
As seen at Nature Online 12 April 2006
Sus bucculentus revisited

Hominid fossils found in Ethiopia
New finds extend range of genus Australopithecus
As seen at BBC Online 12 April 2006
Fossils fill gap in human lineage

Independent molecular basis for bitter taste in humans and chimps
Bitter sensitivity based on different alleles
As seen at Nature Online 12 April 2006
Convergent evolution of bitter-taste sensitivity in humans and chimpanzees

Chatham Island once had dinosaurs
Island was connected to New Zealand in the Late Cretaceous
As seen at National Geograph News 6 April 2006
Dino fossils found on remote South Pacific island

Rodent of family thought exinct may be more common than thought
Additional specimens of Laotian rock rat found in hunter's market
As seen at BBC Online 6 April 2006
New pictures of 'living fossil'

Tiktaalik fills gap between fishes and tetrapods
Devonian vertebrate from Canadian Arctic had rudimentary shoulder, wrist, elbow
As seen at BBC Online 5 April 2006
Arctic fossils mark move to land

Sociologist denied SSHRC grant to study evolution teaching
Grant reviewers doubted evolution
As seen at Nature Online 5 April 2006
Doubts over evolution block funding by Canadian agency

New meat-eating dinosaur found
Found in southern Utah
As seen at CTV Online 5 April 2006
New dinosaur resembles large turkey

Remote islands have disproportionate share of diversity
Initiative to conserve island species announced
As seen at BBC Online 30 March 2006
Pacific isles get wildlife drive

Darwinulids might not be completely asexual after all
Several males of 'oldest asexuals' discovered on Japanese island
As seen at BBC Online 30 March 2006
Doubt cast on 'ancient asexuals'

Fossil humanid cranium between 250,000 and 500,000 years old
From time when modern humans evolved from Homo erectus
As seen at CBC Online 26 March 2006
Scientists may have found 'missing link' in Ethiopia

Bird flu threatens unique, rare birds
Kakapo (flightless night parrot) and kiwi at risk
As seen at CBC Online 24 March 2006
New Zealand ready to vaccinate treasured kiwi against bird flu

Snail left-handedness protects from crab predation
But, why is it not more common?
As seen at Nature Online 22 March 2006
Sinister secret of snail's escape

Bad news for biodiversity
UN conference told many key habitats being lost
As seen at Nature Online 20 March 2006
Life's diversity 'being depleted'

Ultrasonic call an adaptation to noisy environment
Chinese frog uses high-frequency warble near rushing water
As seen at Nature Online 17 March 2006
Singing frog's 'ultrasonic croak'

Is it an Ivory-Billed Woodpecker or isn't it?
Identification of rare bird in video and audio recordings questioned
As seen at Globe and Mail Online 16 March 2006
The bird or not the bird?

Tiny fossil spider found in Alberta's Cretaceous amber deposit
Belongs to family Oonopidae
As seen at Edmonton Journal Online 14 March 2006
Along comes a spider to spin new ideas about prehistoric Alberta

SE Asian mammal is living fossil
Belongs to group thought extinct 11 million years ago
As seen at BBC Online 9 March 2006
New rodent is 'living fossil'

Future extinction risk predicted
Future extinction hot spots include eastern Canadian forests and Arctic
As seen at BBC Online 8 March 2006
Stopping the next extinction wave

Turkish children walk on all fours
May share genetic abnormality said to be linked to evolution of bipedalism
As seen at BBC Online 8 March 2006
Family may provide evolution clue

Illegal loggers decimating monarch breeding area
Vast areas of forest already lost
As seen at BBC Online 8 March 2006
Mexico logging threat to butterflies

Furry lobster-like animal Kiwa hirsuita merits new family
Strange crustacean dubbed 'Yeti crab' lives near deep-sea vents
As seen at BBC Online 8 March 2006
Furry 'lobster' found in Pacific

Fossil of giant penguin found in New Zealand
Schoolkids found 40-million-year-old fossil on field trip
As seen at ABC News Online (Australia) 18 February 2006
'Giant' fossil penguin found in NZ

American Museum of Natural History opens new evolution exhibit
Interview with Niles Eldredge of the American Museum of Natural History
As seen at Science Times (N. Y. Times) video online 28 February 2006
A walk in the woods

Jurassic aquatic mammal had flat tail, seal-like teeth
Media reports calling it a 'beaver' are highly misleading - it's actually a docodont, with similarities but not close relationship to the platypus
As seen at CTV, CNN, and BBC Online 23-24 February 2006
Fossil overturns ideas of Jurassic mammals: this account is most accurate.
'Jurassic beaver' turns theory on its tail
'Jurassic beaver' found in China: this article is especially misleading.

Fossils may have been smuggled out of Argentina
Fossil seized at gem and mineral show in Tucson, AZ
As seen at BBC Online 24 February 2006
'Fossils for sale' seized in US

Controversy brews over newest fossil of Archaeopteryx
Fossils under private ownership are scientifically compromised
As seen at Globe and Mail Online 22 February 2006
Rare fossil brings scientists' scorn

Sharks restricted to the 30% of seas that are shallowest, vulnerable to fisheries
Sharks seem not to have colonized the deepest oceans, >3,000 m
As seen at BBC Online 22 February 2006
Study warns of threat to sharks

Avoidance of predators likely fueled evolution of cooperation
Humans find cooperation rewarding, chimpanzees may not
As seen at BBC Online 19 February 2006
Predators 'drove human evolution

Inner ear of T. rex suggests excellent hearing and balance
But body may have been fairly rigid
As seen at BBC Online 17 February 2006 and CBC Online 21 February 2006
T. rex 'had razor-sharp senses'
T. rex's killer reputation debated by scientists

Cane toads evolving, selected for longer legs
Spreading across Australia increasingly quickly
As seen at BBC Online 15 February 2006
Toxic toads 'threaten disaster'

Ohio drops lesson plan promoting doubt about evolution
Removes language critical of evolution from its science curriculum
As seen at The Enquirer Online 15 February 2006
Ohio school board sides with evolution

Saba Bank in the Caribbean among the richest reefs known
New species of seaweed and gobies among finds
excellent photos at BBC web site
As seen at BBC Online 14 February 2006
Marine life treasure trove found

Survey of Madagascar forests reveals tiny new spiders
Spiders prey on other spiders
As seen at CNN Online 13 February 2006
Strange new assassin spiders found

Emergence of life on earth discussed at conference
Hot, clay-rich, acidid waters are not ideal for formation of more complex molecules
As seen at BBC Online 13 February 2006
Darwin's warm pond theory tested

Late Jurassic tyrannosaurid found in China
Small meat eater had crest on head
As seen at BBC Online and CTV Online 8 February 2006
Oldest T. rex relative unveiled
Early version of T. rex discovered in China

Dozens of new species of animals and plants found in Papua Indonesia
Bird of paradise, honeyeater, five new palms among discoveries
As seen at BBC Online 7 February 2006
New species found in Papua 'Eden'

Sticklebacks adapted to shallow vs deep lakes mate assortatively
Sexual preferences evolved since the last ice age
clue to origin of species
As seen at Edmonton Journal 30 January 2006
Tiny fishes' sexual preferences offer clue to evolution of Earth's species

Scientific theories on origin of life hotly debated
'Millerites' vs 'ventists' are main contenders
As seen at Washington Post Online 8 January 2006
Edmonton Journal 29 January 2006
The origin of life? All in a day's work

Archosaur fossil had beak and walked on two legs
Collected many years ago, it has only now been prepared for study
As seen at CNN Online 29 January 2006
Fossil hunters make rare find in basement

Dispersal likely explanation for land snail distribution
Molecular phylogeny shows close relationships among remote island populations
As seen at Daily Telegraph online 26 January 2006
Globetrotting snails crossed oceans by hitching a ride on birds

Population crash revealed by genetic diversity
Orangutan endangered by human activities
As seen at BBC Online 26 January 2006
Genes record orangutan's decline

Survey of British opinion indicates uncertainty about evolution
Fewer than half of surveyed Britons accept Darwinian evolution as best theory of origin and development of life
As seen at BBC Online 26 January 2006
Britons unconvinced on evolution

Tiniest fish lives in acidic peat swamp on Sumatra
Paedocypris progenetica only 7.9 mm long, lacks head skeleton
As seen at BBC Online and CTV Online 25 January 2006
Scientists find 'smallest fish'
Scientists discover world's smallest fish

But, smallest fish claim disputed
This male anglerfish (attached to the back of the much larger female) is only 6.2 mm long
as seen on CBC Online 30 January 2006, BBC Online 31 January 2006
Smallest fish record contested
Smallest fish compete for honours

U of Alberta's Dr. Phil Currie to focus on origin of flight in birds
Feathered dinosaurs key to solving bird origins
as seen in Edmonton Journal 22 January 2006 (subscription required)
Growing evidence links dinosaurs to birds

New species discovered in California caves
New spiders, harvestmen, centipedes, pill bugs, scorpion-like creatures not named as yet: many blind, translucent
As seen at Globe and Mail Online 18 January 2006
27 new species discovered beneath the earth

Sexual selection intense for rainforest plants
Pollen supply lower in more diverse forests
as seen in Edmonton Journal 18 January 2006 (subscription required)
Lush rainforests a tough place for plants to survive

Whale shark individuals not as large
Hunting pressure may be important
As seen at BBC Online, 17 January 2006
World's biggest fish 'shrinking'

Extinction risk hard to predict
Population size may not be as important as thought
As seen at BBC Online, 17 January 2006
Who lives, who dies in the jungle

Psychologists attribute human female behavior to evolution
Receptiveness to additional mates said higher during ovulation
As seen at Sympatico.MSN.ca 9 January 2006)
Designer genes: women may stray when ovulation peaks: study

Cats colonized the world in a series of at least 10 intercontinental migrations
DNA phylogeny calibrated by fossil record
as seen in BBC Online, Edmonton Journal 6 January 2006, and New York Times online (registration required)
DNA researchers get clearer picture of cat evolution
New cat family tree revealed

Marsupials in both Europe and North America 66 million years ago
Maastrichtidelphys tooth first Cretaceous marsupial from Europe
As seen in Edmonton Journal, 4 January 2006
Tiny fossil tooth new evidence of land bridge to Europe

Island gigantism and dwarfism not so far fetched
Dodo, elephant bird, komodo dragon, pygmy hippo among examples
As seen at CNN Online, 1 January 2006
Fictional King Kong mirrors odd island facts

Stories from September - December, 2005:

New: on-line video feature at Science Magazine web site:
"Why evolution, and why now?"

Locust phylogeny indicates amazing dispersal
African ancestor crossed ocean to colonize New World
As seen at National Geographic News, 28 December, 2005
Ancient locust swarm crossed the Atlantic, study says

Skeletons of 20 dodos found
Flightless bird from Mauritius extinct since ~1690
last full skeleton destroyed by fire in Oxford in 1755
As seen at BBC Online, 23 December, 2005
Scientists find 'mass dodo grave'

Immune system of lamprey uses rearranged DNA
But details differ from those of vertebrates with jaws
As seen at Science Magazine, 23 December, 2005
Jawless fish have form of adaptive immunity

Chimpanzees, corn borers, sticklebacks among the organisms whose evolution has been highlighted
Darwin's theory is the foundation of all of biology
As seen at Science Magazine, 22 December, 2005
Science Magazine's Breakthrough of the Year: Evolution in Action

Chimpanzees, corn borers, sticklebacks among the organisms whose evolution has been highlighted
Darwin's theory is the foundation of all of biology
As seen at Science Magazine, 22 December, 2005
Science Magazine's Breakthrough of the Year: Evolution in Action

More DNA data fails to resolve early events in animal evolution
Radiation of animals differed from that of fungi
As seen at Science Magazine, 22 December, 2005
Is the 'Big Bang' in animal evolution real?

5,000 BP from MtDNA of mammoth decoded
Mammoth most closely related to Asian elephant, not African?
As seen at BBC Online, December 21, 2005
Extinct mammoth DNA decoded

Group begins sequencing nuclear genome of woolly mammoth
Samples from frozen specimens in Siberia
as seen in Edmonton Journal, December 20, 2005
Woolly mammoth's DNA genome unravelled

Pennsylvania court rules that I.D. is religious claim
Cannot be taught in science classroom in Dover, PA
As seen at BBC Online, December 20, 2005
'Intelligent Design' teaching ban

Gene found in zebrafish also inherited by humans
Variation in alleles helps explain differences in skin colour among human populations
As seen at BBC Online, December 16, 2005
Key gene 'controls skin colour'

Growth rings in dinosaur bones reveal continuous growth
Some early dinosaurs possibly not warm blooded
As seen at BBC Online, December 16, 2005
Dino discovery 'overturns wisdom'

Squid carries eggs in tentacles for 6-9 months
Strategy increases survival chances of young at expense of mother
As seen at BBC Online, December 16, 2005
First images of baby squid care

Found at Lyme Regis, where Mary Anning made plesiosaurs famous in 1824
Skeleton collected 20 years ago
as seen on BBC Online, December 16, 2005
Plesiosaur fossil sold at auction

'Fish with chips' reveal amazing migrations
Bluefin tuna crossed Pacific three times in 600 days
as seen in Edmonton Journal, Dec. 15 2005 (subscription required)
Bluefin tuna cross oceans...

Humans in Britain by 700,000 years ago
Stone tools found with ancient mammal bones
As seen at BBC online, Dec. 15 2005
Tools unlock secrets of early man

Extinction hot spots mapped
Tiny gene pools and habitat destruction threaten these species
As seen at BBC online, Dec. 12 2005
800 species in last chance saloon

DNA of domestic dog varieties about 99.9% identical
Dog DNA contains about the same amount of selectively maintained sequence as human DNA
As seen at CTV online, Dec. 8 2005
Scientists decipher DNA of dogs

Bats 'choose' between testicle size and brain size
Species with promiscuous females have larger testes, driven by sperm competition
As seen at Times Online, Dec. 7, 2005.
Why brainy bats are the biggest losers in sac race

Ice-age 'giant deer' = 'Irish elk' is related to modern fallow deer, not Wapiti
New DNA and morphological data support old hypothesis based on antlers
As seen at Nature Magazine, Dec. 7, 2005.
The phylogenetic position of the 'giant deer' Megaloceros giganteus

Drilling in Lake Malawi reveals ancient drought
Coincides with molecular clock estimates of human movement out of Africa
As seen at BBC Online, Dec. 6, 2005.
Drought may have shaped history

Volcanic gases may have caused greatest extinction
End-Permian extinction cause suggested by geochemistry
As seen at BBC Online, Dec. 6, 2005.
Poison gas 'caused' Great Dying

New specimen of Archaeopteryx found
Controversy erupts about its uncertain ownership
As seen at CBC Online, Dec. 1, 2005.
Specimen of oldest bird shows dino feet

Giant scorpion crawled here
Scorpions were originally marine, later freshwater and terrestrial
As seen at BBC online, Dec. 1, 2005.
Rock marks record water scorpion

Newsweek cover story on Charles Darwin
Story prompted by new exhibit at American Museum of Natural History
as seen Newsweek (print and online), Nov. 20, 2005.
Charles Darwin: evolution of a scientist

Still more on the intelligent design debate
Article on controversy about teaching evolution in American schools
as seen Newsweek (print and online), Nov. 20, 2005.
The classroom: other schools of thought

New horned dinosaur named after Alberta paleontologist
Centrosaurus brinkmani had ornate frill, found in bonebed deposits
As seen at Edmonton Journal (print and online), Nov. 19, 2005.
New Alberta dinosaur pieced together

Dam site in Old Crow Basin
125,000 year old sticks were cut by ice-age beavers
As seen at Edmonton Journal (print and online), Nov. 19, 2005
subscription required.
Ancient beaver dam remains found in Yukon

Intelligent design continues to simmer
I.D. should not be taught in science classrooms
As seen at Globe and Mail online, Nov. 18, 2005
registration may be required to view the article.
'Intelligent design' not science, Vatican astronomer says

Dallasaurus related to mosasaurs
First well-preserved early mosasaur relative in North America
As seen at CNN online, Nov. 17, 2005
Texas fossil kin to fearsome lizard

Grass in the Late Cretaceous of India
Phytoliths reveal grass in dino dung
As seen at BBC online, Nov. 17, 2005, and the journal Science
Dinosaurs got munchies for grass

Brazilian fossil turtle had webbed front feet
120 million-year-old aquatic reptile
As seen at BBC online, Nov. 16, 2005, and the journal Palaeontology
Reptile fossil is 'early turtle'

Harriet the tortoise was 5 when Darwin visited the Galapagos
Oldest known living animal turns 175 at the Australia Zoo
As seen at BBC online, Nov. 16, 2005
175th birthday bash for tortoise

Captain Fitzroy's civilization experiment
While not really about evolution, it's an interesting story
As seen at BBC online, Nov. 14, 2005
The 'hostages' that sailed with Darwin

7,500 year-old farmers tell all
Ancient farmers' mitochondrial DNA markers are rare in modern Europeans; Edmonton Journal Nov. 11, 2005
Study disputes Europeans' origins

U of A delves into dinosaurs
Dr. Philip Currie newest CRC chair; Edmonton Journal Nov. 11, 2005
U of A team will research how dinosaurs grew so big

Toothy fossil crocodilian from Argentina
Jurassic marine reptile was 4 m long
As seen in Science Express, BBC online, CBC online, CTV online, Nov. 10, 2005, Edmonton Journal Nov. 11, 2005
Remains of 'Godzilla' croc found

More detail on the evolution vs intelligent design debate in the USA
Contributed by a student in BIOL 321
As seen at ArsTechnica
This Week in Evolution vs Intelligent Design

Kansas Board of Education doubts evolution
Also adopts revised definiton of science
as seen New York Times online Nov. 8, 2005 (registration required)
Kansas School Board approves controversial science standards

What caused the extinction of the mammoth?
Was it over-hunting by humans, climate change, disease, or possibly a nearby supernova explosion?
as seen on physorg.com Sept. 26, 2005
Supernova explosion may have caused mammoth extinction

Many in U.S. don't believe in evolution or big bang
Science under assault: only 15% believe that humans evolved from lesser life forms and only about 33% accept the big bang theory of the origin of the universe
as seen on CNN online, October 28, 2005
Is U.S. becoming hostile to science?

HapMap project maps human genetic variation
Humans 99.9% identical
variation of medical and scientific interest
as seen on CBC Online, October 28, 2005
Scientists map human genetic variations

Salmon sharks warm-blooded
Evolved warm muscles to catch salmon in cold water
as seen on CBC Online, October 28, 2005
Sharks warm up muscles to chase prey

Giants of evolutionary theory and relativity wrote and received thousands of letters
Both Darwin and Einstein were prolific correspondents
as seen on CBC Online, October 28, 2005
Einstein, Darwin generated letters like e-mails

Canadian weather station goes to Mars
Weather on red planet to provide clues to existence of life
as seen on CBC Online, October 28, 2005
Canadian weather station to search for signs of life on Mars

Raptors had South American radiation too
Links to bird-like fossil from Madagascar
As seen in Edmonton Journal, October 13, 2005, and Nature magazine
Bird-like dinosaur forces rethink

At least 9 individuals of Homo floresiensis now found
Example of island dwarfing, possibly descended from Homo erectus
As seen in BBC Online, October 11, 2005, and Nature magazine
More Flores Hobbits described

Intelligent design in Ontario science classroom
as seen in Globe and Mail online, October 8, 2005
Putting God's fingerprints on highschool biology

Mammals benefitted from oxygen increase
as seen in Science Daily and Science Magazine
Extra Oxygen Spurred Mammals

Gorillas also use tools
as seen in CTV Online Sept. 30, 2005
Gorillas Seen Using Tools for First Time

Court battle in Pennsylvania over natural selection vs intelligent design
as seen in CNN Online Sept. 25, 2005
New Evolution Spat in Schools Goes to Court

Was 'Hobbit' from Flores a human with microcephaly?
as seen in BBC News Online Sept. 25, 2005
New 'Hobbit' Disease Link Claim

Whale lice trace right whale evolution:
as seen in BBC News Online Sept. 20, 2005
'Whale riders' reveal evolution

Rapid mutations point to bigger human brains:
as seen in Edmonton Journal Sept. 11, 2005, page A11
Human brain may still be evolving

Pterosaurs as big as 18 m wing span:
Thursday 8 September, 2005
Flying reptiles just got bigger

New research reveals who our forefathers slept with:
as seen in Edmonton Journal Sept. 4, 2005, page B5
DNA kisses and tells on our ancestors (registration required for web link)

Closest relative of humans has DNA decoded:
August 31, 2005
Scientists decode chimp DNA

South African fossils record early 'fish' evolution
Fossils from time 450 million years ago before vertebrates had bone or teeth
As seen at BBC Online May 5, 2005
Fossils illuminate fish evolution