evolution

Adaptation: Competition and predation may not be the driving force scientists thought

Published: 25Feb2020

Species adapt to their local climates, but how often they adapt to their local communities remains a mystery. To find answers, researchers at McGill University and the University of British...

Perpetual predator-prey population cycles

Published: 18Dec2019

How can predators coexist with their prey over long periods without the predators completely depleting the resource that keeps them alive? Experiments performed over a period of 10 years by...

Puffins stay cool thanks to their large beak

Published: 27Nov2019

Tufted puffins regulate their body temperature thanks to their large bills, an evolutionary trait that might explain their capacity to fly for long periods in search for food....

The bigger the evolutionary jump, the more lethal cross-species diseases could be

Published: 28Mar2019

Some diseases which are fatal in one species can cause only mild discomfort in another—but it’s hard for scientists to predict how lethal a disease will be if it leaps across species....

Mega-experiment shows species interactions stronger towards tropics and lowlands

Published: 20Feb2019

An international research team led by a McGill University researcher used a simple experiment that mimics how plants and animals interact with each other—leaving seeds out for 24 hours to see how...

Evolution, illustrated

Published: 1Feb2019

What do you get when you put together several tons of steel plates, hundreds of mice, a few evolutionary and molecular biologists and a tiny Nebraska town near the South Dakota border?...

Quantifying evolutionary impacts of humans on the biosphere is harder than it seems

Published: 12Oct2018

Are human disturbances to the environment driving evolutionary changes in animals and plants? A new study conducted by McGill researchers finds that, on average, human disturbances don’t appear to...

Origins of photosynthesis in plants dated to 1.25 billion years ago

Published: 20Dec2017

The world’s oldest algae fossils are a billion years old, according to a new analysis by earth scientists at McGill University. Based on this finding, the researchers also estimate that the basis...

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