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Evolution & Behaviour

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How the ancient ‘hell ant’ got its bizarre horn

Imagine our planet about 145-66 million years ago during the ancient Cretaceous period. Dinosaurs may perhaps come first into your mind as the most iconic ancient animal. But of course, many other organisms lived together as parts of the ancient ecosystem, including ants. Many ancient ants... click to read more

  • Christine E. Sosiak | PhD Student at Department of Biological Sciences, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, New Jersey, USA
  • Phillip Barden | Assistant Professor at Department of Biological Sciences, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, New Jersey, USA
Views 2378
Reading time 3 min
published on Apr 20, 2021
Let’s live together: sharing with others may help us live longer

No one is an island – sharing with others is a key social characteristic of ours, which has made humans successful throughout evolution. Receiving help from others makes it easier to provide our needs and survive during vulnerable stages of our lives – it is... click to read more

  • Tobias Vogt | Assistant Professor at Population Research Centre, University of Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands; Prasanna School of Public Health, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal, India; Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany
  • Fanny Kluge | Research Scientist at Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany
Views 2026
Reading time 3 min
published on Apr 14, 2021
Extending the genomic record of human diversity

The genetic material of any two humans is 99.9% identical, but the small differences that do exist between our genomes provide a record of the complex evolutionary history we have undergone as a species. Over the past decade, scientists have sequenced a large number of... click to read more

  • Anders Bergström | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Wellcome Sanger Institute, Cambridge, UK; The Francis Crick Institute, London, UK
Views 1906
Reading time 4 min
published on Mar 25, 2021
A ghost population of the Ice Age hidden in a Mexican cave

More often than we admit, we ignore things that are right in front of us, simply because they do not match "our reality", or our current understanding of it. A priori beliefs can weigh heavily on our capacity to see diversity and detect the unknown... click to read more

  • Ciprian F. Ardelean | Professor at Autonomous University of Zacatecas (UAZ), Zacatecas, Mexico
Views 2968
Reading time 4 min
published on Mar 11, 2021
Win-waste: an alarming strategy

Globally about one-third of food produced for human consumption assumptively goes to waste. Food waste is a squandering of resources and money and this is why Sustainable Development Goal 12.3 aims to halve food waste by 2030. But the progress is hard to measure as... click to read more

  • Linda de Vreede | Researcher at Erasmus University Rotterdam, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • Thom Achterbosch | Researcher at Wageningen University and Research, The Hague, The Netherlands
Views 1946
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Mar 9, 2021