Origin and evolution of life

Discover evolution of life on earth, plant evolution, sea animals evolution, bird evolution, silicon based life, multicellular life, world’s oldest fossils, animal biodiversity, bacterial life, bird like dinosaurs, rare ancient worms, animal speciation. Also get to know about Earth’s earliest life and how photosynthesis began producing oxygen billion years ago.

  • Recent mathematical research is shedding light on a possible mechanism involved in the origin of life on Earth.
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  • A new study on feathers in bird-like dinosaurs is helping scientists understand how flight may have evolved on Earth.
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  • A new instrument could allow astrobiologists to study chirality, or "handedness," of amino acids on our solar system's icy moons, asteroids and Kuiper Belt objects.
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  • By accidentally impaling his hand on a tree branch, a 71-year-old man helped scientists discover a new bacterium and solve a mystery about how bacteria came to live inside insects.
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  • Researchers have solved an age-old riddle surrounding the evolutionary relationships of a much-debated fossil mammal. The findings also show that the family of mammals represented by the fossil survived the extinction event that marks the end of the Age of Dinosaurs.
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  • Early forms of life on Earth may have used RNA to encode genetic instructions before the advent of DNA. But what sort of genetic molecules did life rely on before RNA? A new study may help answer this question.
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  • A new technique could help scientists easily determine the time of divergence for branches on the 'Tree of Life.'
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  • A cockatoo from a species not known to use tools in the wild has now been observed making and using tools.
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  • A new study suggests that mammalian eyes evolved for life in the dark. A nocturnal lifestyle may have helped them avoid predation by dinosaurs.
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  • An Asian elephant can imitate human speech, speaking five words in Korean that can be understood by Korean speakers.
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