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From a fossil to a robot…and all the steps in between

Being almost 300 million years old, the extinct Orobates pabsti did not know that at some point in the future, engineers and biologists would have reconstructed its fossilized bones into a robot to study how it used to walk and thus, learn more things about... click to read more

  • Kamilo Melo | Scientist at Biorobotics Laboratory, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • John A. Nyakatura | Professor at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Views 1117
Reading time 4 min
published on Aug 27, 2019
The berries and the bees: wild bees do it better

Even though that there are more than 20,000 species of bees worldwide, the word "bee" often invokes images of a hive-dwelling, golden-liquid-generating insect. Although honey bees have been stealing the spotlight for quite some time, most bee species are wild, unmanaged, and do not produce... click to read more

  • Gail MacInnis | PhD student at Faculty of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Views 1014
Reading time 3 min
published on Aug 22, 2019
A message in a bottle dating 250 million years ago

The phenomenon of plant groups originating in the tropics was observed by botanist George Ledyard Stebbins in 1973. He hypothesized that ecosystems in equatorial regions serve as "evolutionary cradles" that spawn new lineages at higher rates compared to ecosystems at higher latitudes. Especially those demanding... click to read more

  • Patrick Blomenkemper | PhD student at Institute of Geology and Palaeontology – Palaeobotany, University of Münster, Münster, Germany
Views 944
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Aug 20, 2019
Back off predators!! Herbivorous dinosaur with spiny neck

Sauropod dinosaurs, large herbivores with long neck and tail, include the largest terrestrial animals that ever inhabited the Earth such the giant titanosaur Patagotitan, or the colossal diplodocid Diplodocus. However, some groups of sauropods were not necessarily characterized by their size but by other anatomical... click to read more

  • Pablo A. Gallina | Researcher at Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas; Fundación Azara; Universidad Maimónides, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Views 938
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Aug 19, 2019
Ancient origins of monogamy: do you tolerate your partner because of your genes?

Considering the wonderful diversity of animal form, function, and behavior, it may come as a surprise that some traits have been repeatedly and independently selected throughout evolution. Monogamy - when male and female reproductive partners form a pair bond and share at least some of... click to read more

  • Rebecca Young | Research Associate at Integrative Biology, University of Texas at Austin, USA
Views 1087
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Aug 14, 2019