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Last Dinosaur Standing
Topic: Origin & Evolution of Life
07/17/11
Summary: Scientists have discovered the youngest dinosaur fossils yet known from before the catastrophic meteor impact that occurred 65 million years ago. The finding indicates that dinosaurs did not go extinct before the impact, providing further evidence that this event played a role in their extinction.

The Map of Life
Topic: Origin & Evolution of Life
07/17/11
Summary: A new 'Map of Life' project has gone online, and is drawing attention to remarkable stories of convergent evolution.

Ancient Fish Gave Us a Hand
Topic: Origin & Evolution of Life
07/12/11
Summary: New research shows that the genetic instructions for developing limbs were present in primitive fish millions of years before animals walked on land. The findings provide new insight into the mechanisms behind the evolution of life on our planet.

Mushrooms that Light up the Night
Topic: Origin & Evolution of Life
07/08/11
Summary: Scientists have 're-discovered' a glowing mushroom in Brazil.

The Loudest Animal
Topic: Origin & Evolution of Life
07/05/11
Summary: Scientists have determined the loudest animal on Earth.

Pigments of the Past
Topic: Origin & Evolution of Life
07/02/11
Summary: Scientists are unearthing the appearance of ancient animals with the help of powerful X-rays. Trace metals in fossils are being used to determine the pigmentation patterns of creatures that have been dead for more than a hundred million years. The research is providing a unique look into the evolution of life on Earth.

Powerful Eyes Evolved in a Twinkling
Topic: Origin & Evolution of Life
07/02/11
Summary: Half-a-billion-year-old fossils show that primitive animals had excellent vision.

Hot-Blooded Dinosaurs
Topic: Origin & Evolution of Life
06/30/11
Summary: Whether or not dinosaurs were slow and lumbering or quick and agile may have depended upon their blood.

Breathing Through the Eyes
Topic: Origin & Evolution of Life
06/24/11
Summary: New research is providing information about the evolutionary feats of avian retinas.

Can Humans Sense Earth's Magnetism?
Topic: Origin & Evolution of Life
06/23/11
Summary: A protein expressed in the human retina is able to sense magnetic fields when implanted into fruit flies. The finding is reopening an area of sensory biology in humans.

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