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Evolutionary Biology

Were the First Flowers Aquarium Plants?

The identity of Earth's first flower has long vexed botanists. A new interpretation of an old fossil adds to the evidence that they may have come from the water.

September 8, 2015 — Jennifer Frazer

A New Era for Origins of Life Science?

A new effort to bring global cohesion to origins of life science launches, and with it a fresh look at how to crack one of the greatest existential questions.

August 7, 2015 — Caleb A. Scharf

How Do Sea Sapphires Become Invisible?

The sea sapphire combines the brilliance of a morpho butterfly, the cuteness of copepod, and the cloaking skills of a Klingon Bird-of-Prey. But just how does it pull it off?

July 23, 2015 — Jennifer Frazer

The Richest Reef: Time to Call It a Day

Of the course of nearly 1,200 scientific dives conducted on an expedition to the Philippines' Verde Island Passage, a team from the California Academy of Sciences discovered approximately 100 new species...

June 30, 2015 — Steven Bedard
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