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Surviving fragments of genetic material preserved in sediments allow scientists to see the full diversity of past life — even microbes.
New work raises the estimated diversity of viruses in the seas more than twelvefold and lays the groundwork for a better understanding of their impact on global nutrient cycles.
The rainbow of pigments that animals use for blood illustrates a central truth of evolution.
Researchers hope that the genes of a glowing squid can illuminate how animals evolved organs for beneficial bacteria.
With the help of deep learning techniques, paleoanthropologists find evidence of long-lost branches on the human family tree.
Jellyfish didn’t need novel genes to take an evolutionary leap in complexity.