Massive blocks of genes—inherited together ‘plug and play’ style—may play a larger role in evolutionary adaption than previously thought, according to new research in Nature.
Source: Supergenes play a larger role in evolution than previously thought
Dinosaurs and pterosaurs may be known for their remarkable size, but a newly described species that lived around 237 million years ago suggests that they originated from extremely small ancestors. The fossil reptile, named Kongonaphon kely, or ‘tiny bug slayer,’ would have stood just 10 centimeters tall. The study may help explain the origins of flight in pterosaurs, the presence of ‘fuzz’ on both pterosaurs and dinosaurs, and other questions about these charismatic animals.
Source: A tiny ancient relative of dinosaurs and pterosaurs discovered: New study suggests a miniaturized origin for some of the largest animals ever to live on Earth — ScienceDaily
Warming water temperatures lower water oxygen levels, putting embryos and pregnant fish at risk, researchers say
Source: 60% of fish species could be unable to survive in current areas by 2100 – study | Fish | The Guardian
Researchers show that with proper training, dogs can help scholars discover human and animal remains from bygone centuries.
Source: Can Archaeology Dogs Smell Ancient Time? – SAPIENS
The Earth is warming at an astounding speed, equivalent to absorbing 907 times the USA’s annual energy use, far faster than biological species can adapt
Source: Frightening numbers: Biosphere heating accelerates
Biologist Robert Waltzer briefly details the engineering wonder that permits oxygen to be carried by the blood.
Source: In a Nutshell: Three Problems for Evolution | Evolution News