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Evolution

iterative evolution

This bird went completely extinct, and then it came back

May 18th, 2020

A species of flightless bird went extinct over 130,000 years ago but then appeared again after evolution gave it a second chance. The birds evolved independently, thousands of years apart, but did so on the exact same island.  When species evolve twice it’s known as “iterative evolution.” Visit BGR’s homepage for more stories. When an …

dinosaur news

This dinosaur species was constantly replacing its own teeth

December 1st, 2019

It’s been millions of years since dinosaurs walked the Earth, but they left plenty of remains behind for us to find. Paleontologists can learn a lot about what dinosaurs looked like and even their respective places on the food chain based on their bones, but figuring out how the bodies of these ancient beasts functioned …

mammal hyoid bones

Ancient fossil offers clues as to when mammals learned how to eat

July 21st, 2019

We humans tend to take our ability to chew and swallow for granted, but as mammals we actually have a pretty complicated system of bones and muscles helping us tackle our pizza slices and steaks. Determining when mammals developed their unique style of eating has been a topic of discussion among scientists for some time, …

vegetarian croc

Some ancient crocodiles preferred salad over steak

June 27th, 2019

Modern crocodiles have a reputation as ravenous beasts that crave flesh. While it’s certainly true that crocodiles today are more than happy to feast on fresh meat, it seems that some ancient crocs not only enjoyed leafy greens on a regular basis, but may have actually preferred a vegetarian diet. The research, which was published …

worm regrows head

This worm can regrow its brain and entire head if needed

March 6th, 2019

As humans, if we lose a limb or even a tiny digit like a finger or toe we’re left to live out our lives without that particular appendage. We have no ability to regrow body parts, but many in the animal kingdom do indeed possess that power, and scientists just discovered several worm species that …

laziness evolution

Does evolution favor the lazy? Scientists think it might

August 22nd, 2018

If you’re sitting on the internet and reading this story instead of doing something more important that you KNOW you should be doing, I have good news! A new research paper suggests that some animals may benefit greatly from being as lazy as possible, and evolution might reward those individuals by allowing them to pass …