Puffins stay cool thanks to their large beak

Published: 27 November 2019

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: 28 March 2019

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: 20 February 2019

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: 1 February 2019

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: 12 October 2018

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: 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...


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