Evolution News

The unruly evolution of island life

From the terrifying Komodo dragon to the diminutive hobbit Homo floresiensis, islands are home to some remarkable curiosities of size. Despite the fame of giant lizards and pygmy humans, a…

New blind snake discovery

World-traveling blindsnake points to Madagascar's origins and great voyages across the Atlantic. Call them survivors: blindsnakes have been identified as one of the few groups of organisms that inhabited Madagascar…

Extinction outpaces evolution

Extinctions are currently outpacing the capacity for new species to evolve, according to Simon Stuart, chair of the Species Survival Commission for the International Union for the Conservation of Nature…

Extinct goat was “similar to crocodiles”

It sounds like something out of Greek mythology: a half-goat, half-reptilian creature. But researchers have discovered that an extinct species of goat, the Balearic Island cave goat or Myotragus balearicus,…

Fish take less than a decade to evolve

Evolution is often thought of being a slow-process, taking thousands, if not millions, of years. However a new study in The American Naturalist found that Trinidadian guppies underwent evolution in…