evolution

House with a face

Face pareidolia – the phenomenon of seeing faces in everyday objects – uses the same brain processes that we use to recognise and interpret other ‘real’ human faces.

woman ageing face

As modern medicine improves, so too does our ability to stave off disease. But can we overcome the most inescapable of afflictions - old age? Researchers around the world are trying to find out.

A flowering plant

New research shows, in a world first, a recreation of the evolution of flowering plants through time - a complete angiosperm 'time-tree'.

A group of Pacific leaping blennies out of the water on the foreshores of the island Guam

Many blennies – a remarkable family of fishes – evolved from an aquatic ’jack of all trades’ to a ‘master of one’ upon the invasion of land, a new study led by UNSW scientists has shown. 

German Shepherd

The DNA sequencing of a healthy German shepherd will mean dogs can be screened for hip and other diseases much more accurately.

Himba father and son

DNA evidence from the Himba society in Namibia overturns ideas about genetic paternity, and about what it means to be a father.

Gliding dragon

UNSW researchers show gliding animals are an evolutionary surprise because their innovation did not lead to a proliferation of new adaptive forms.

evolution

Understanding our evolution can tell us a lot about the health challenges we face today.

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Women take sexy selfies to compete with other women and climb the social ladder in economically unequal environments, new research suggests.

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Australian university students give far more credit than the previous generation to the science of human evolution and far less to creationism or divine guidance, according to a landmark new study. 

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