Category Archives: Evolution

Why are human babies so helpless?

A baby gazelle struggles to climb on its legs straight after being born. A newborn monkey clings tightly to its mother’s fur. And then you look at human babies, feeble and vulnerable creatures. And you can’t help but wonder how

Why are human babies so helpless?

A baby gazelle struggles to climb on its legs straight after being born. A newborn monkey clings tightly to its mother’s fur. And then you look at human babies, feeble and vulnerable creatures. And you can’t help but wonder how

Snail hunting and game playing: everybody can help scientific research

It’s a grey chilly Sunday afternoon. This week-end’s uncertain weather has ruined your plan to take the kids to the swimming pool. They’re running around the house in a full demonstration of the seemingly inexhaustible energy that only children possess,

Snail hunting and game playing: everybody can help scientific research

It’s a grey chilly Sunday afternoon. This week-end’s uncertain weather has ruined your plan to take the kids to the swimming pool. They’re running around the house in a full demonstration of the seemingly inexhaustible energy that only children possess,

One more genetic clue about what makes us human

Where do we come from? If there’s one question that has obsessed humanity since the dawn of time, maybe that’s the one. In The Descent of Man, Charles Darwin wrote: “We thus learn that man is descended from a hairy,

One more genetic clue about what makes us human

Where do we come from? If there’s one question that has obsessed humanity since the dawn of time, maybe that’s the one. In The Descent of Man, Charles Darwin wrote: “We thus learn that man is descended from a hairy,

Mammals were doing good long before the dinosaurs said goodbye

The common view is that the first mammals were tiny, nocturnal insectivores and they only evolved in the vast array of ecological and morphological forms we know today once the dinosaurs cleared the scene. But it seems it’s not quite

Mammals were doing good long before the dinosaurs said goodbye

The common view is that the first mammals were tiny, nocturnal insectivores and they only evolved in the vast array of ecological and morphological forms we know today once the dinosaurs cleared the scene. But it seems it’s not quite

Mammals owe retroviruses one

Or rather many, as it turns out. A recent study identified yet another gene from retroviral origin that played a role in placenta evolution and development in mammals. Retroviruses use the cell machinery of their host to replicate. To do

Mammals owe retroviruses one

Or rather many, as it turns out. A recent study identified yet another gene from retroviral origin that played a role in placenta evolution and development in mammals. Retroviruses use the cell machinery of their host to replicate. To do