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Ants, Ants Everywhere: and a lot more than you think

Ants are everywhere: so much so that they often heralded as one of evolution’s success stories. Recently, three open access papers have exposed secrets behind these social insects’ triumph—by unearthing their routes to new habitats; comparing how the workers measure-up to one another; and by dissecting the source of the ant’s ‘superhero’ strength. Ants have … Continue reading

Prehistoric monster snake: the real life Basilisk?

One of the nice things about living in the UK is there are very few wild animals out there that will do you harm. But to be fair, this is largely the result of previous generations of Brits driving wild animals to extinction. The loss of wolves from Britain in the 17th century means that … Continue reading

What do you get if you cross a chimp with a pig?

It sounds like a joke… but the punch line might surprise you. According to American geneticist Dr. Eugene McCarthy, the answer is… no offence… you! Well, not just you but all of us – as he claims that: ‘humans evolved after a female chimpanzee mated with a pig’. Unsurprisingly, his hypothesis has not been published … Continue reading

Is it better to be a sheep or a maverick?

In everyday life, it is often easiest to follow the crowd and just ‘fit in’; but bucking the trend can offer its own benefits. In evolution, similar rules apply. When the fitness, or evolutionary value, of a given trait or characteristic depends on how common it is in a population, it is called frequency-dependent selection. … Continue reading