Origins of photosynthesis in plants dated to 1.25 billion years ago

Published: 20 December 2017

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...

How birds got their wings

Published: 17 September 2013

Birds originated from a group of small, meat-eating theropod dinosaurs called maniraptorans sometime around 150 million years ago. Recent findings from around the world show that many maniraptorans...

Mammals, spiny plants and the savanna story

Published: 7 September 2016

McGill Newsroom The evolution and distribution of spiny plants holds clue to spread of African savanna

Keeping our balance - a tale of two systems

Published: 11 November 2016

The transition from being sea creatures to living on land, even if it happened over 300 million years ago, seems to have left its traces on the way we keep our balance today....

Parasites and the evolution of primate culture

Published: 3 December 2014

Learning from others and innovation have undoubtedly helped advance civilization. But these behaviours can carry costs as well as benefits. And a new study by an international team of evolutionary...

Scientists scan horizon for future invasive species challenges

Published: 4 May 2017

Shipping and mining in the Arctic. The spread of invasive microbial pathogens around the world. Changing agricultural practices. Use of genomic-modification tools. Those are among the 14 most...

What the “fecal prints” of microbes can tell us about E

Published: 23 December 2014

The distinctive “fecal prints” of microbes potentially provide a record of how Earth and life have co-evolved over the past 3.5 billion years as the planet’s temperature, oxygen levels, and...


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