Tag archives for evolution
How hummingbirds acquired their sweet tooth has been quite the mystery. But scientists think they may cracked the case.
Butterflies can evolve new colors rapidly and simply by tweaking the structures of their wings, a new study says.
Reindeer on Norway’s Svalbard archipelago are bucking the trend and thriving, according to a long-term study.
The brilliant plumage of peacocks and related birds may be a result of female preference, a new study says.
How sexes evolved in the first place has been a lasting mystery in biology. Thanks to some transgender algae, scientists may have cracked this evolutionary whodunit.
As West Africa struggles with the largest known outbreak of Ebola, Dr. Peter Piot shares how he helped discover and describe the virus’ first known outbreak in 1976 Zaire. Also, geneticist Gil McVean studies the rates of genetic mutation in chimpanzee DNA compared to that of humans to try to determine the date of our last common ancestor.
When vampire bats acquired their taste for blood, they lost their ability to sense bitter flavors, according to a new study.
From the silvery gibbon of Indonesia to the grunting toadfish of the sea, listen to some of nature’s most amazing musicians.
Scientists have revealed new discoveries about mating plugs, which dwarf male spiders insert into females to keep out rival sperm.
Ten years ago, some male crickets in Hawaii began to fall mysteriously silent, and now scientists have discovered why.
Every week, embark with host Boyd Matson on an exploration of the latest discoveries and interviews with some of the most fascinating people on the planet, on National Geographic Weekend. Please check listings near you to find the best way to listen to National Geographic Weekend on radio, or listen below! Hour 1 - Dr. Jane Goodall pioneered studies that sought to understand…
The 305-million-year-old fossil may reveal secrets about the evolution of spider eyes, new study says.
The zebra’s stripes evolved to keep pesky insects at bay, according to the most thorough study to date on the subject.
Skunk spray is so potent that it can knock you out or even kill you—and now we know why the North American mammals evolved the noxious stuff.
Join radio host Boyd Matson every week for adventure, conservation and green science. This week they ride 1,000 miles across Alaskan wilderness with a pack of dogs, hike quickly down the Appalachian Trail, lower scientists into sinkholes on tepuis, program robots to do household chores but not enslave the human race, break free of time on the edge of a black hole, be persecuted for our science, grow organic underwear, and explain evolution to children.