Team traces evolution from feathered dinosaurs into birds

The first wings on feathered dinosaurs were pretty useless, new research shows, meaning they'd have found it hard to take off and fly at low speeds.

Humans may be becoming less intelligent

A new study suggests that humans may be (slowly) losing our intellectual and emotional abilities because they're at risk from mutation or loss from the genome.

Did dinosaurs have to get that big?

Cope's Rule - which states that small animals tend to evolve into larger ones - is sometimes true, sometimes not, a new statistical model shows.

Vision evolved 700 million years ago

A huge computational analysis has revealed that opsins - the light-sensitive proteins key to vision - may have evolved earlier than previously believed.

Complex brains much older than thought

Complex brains evolved much earlier than previously believed, the discovery of a 520-million-year-old fossilized arthropod has shown.

BMW C Evolution electric scooter hits Paris runway

Much of the green car buzz around BMW at the upcoming Paris Motor Show will likely focus on the i3 Concept and Concept Active Tourer.

Superfast evolution revealed

New species can arise in just a few thousand years, say scientists who have tracked the process in action.

The evolution of small screens

I recently came across an episode of The Jetsons where Elroy was watching The Flintstones on his wristwatch.

Team gives ancient life another chance to evolve

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology are attempting to repeat the path of evolution by taking a gene from an ancient organism and watching it evolve.

Evolution: From Alien to Prometheus

The first alleged details of Ridley Scott’s upcoming Prometheus Blu-ray release have gone live on Amazon France.

Humans evolved from ancient sharks

Human beings - along with all jawed vertebrates on Earth - are descended from a fossil fish that looks a lot like today's sharks.

Early birds wiped out giant flying insects

We have the first birds to thank for the fact that there are no longer any two-foot-long bugs buzzing about in the skies, say University of California, Santa Cruz scientists.

Artificial DNA alternative evolves on its own

The prospect of artificial life has just come one step closer, with the discovery that a synthetic version of DNA and RNA can evolve like the real thing.

Hurricane lets scientists watch evolution in action

Biologists who released lizards on several uninhabited islands in the Bahamas have been able to observe an evolutionary effect in action.

Discovery of tooth challenges 'out of Africa' theory

Great apes survived in Europe for two million years longer than previously thought, study of a tooth has revealed.

Evolution triggered by climate change

Six distinct waves of mammal species diversity in North America over the last 65 million years were driven primarily by climate change, new research suggests.

Human beings unlikely to get cleverer

Given that we've been evolving for millions of years, and generally reckon it's our intelligence that's given us the edge as a species, it's perhaps surprising that we're all not a little bit brighter.

Robot gives clues on evolution of flight

A tiny robot insect has given support to the idea that the first flying creatures were tree-dwellers.

Synthetic yeast allows on-demand evolution

A team of Johns Hopkins researchers has created from scratch a new form of yeast that includes synthetic DNA.

Well-preserved fossils could be earliest human ancestor

Researchers say they've discovered a 'missing link' - a hominid 1.8 million years old that may be our oldest direct human ancestor yet found.