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How insects got their wings REVEALED: Crustacean ancestor of modern insects first developed wings from an outgrowth on its legs 300 million years ago Study draws on 19th century research and used gene-editing...

Complex life evolved on Earth 100 million years LATER than previously thought, scientists claim – after discovering 635-million-year-old fossils were produced by algae, NOT animals Researchers recreated...

Extinct human species evolved rapidly to survive climate change by adapting its jaw and teeth to eat tougher foods, 2 million-year-old fossil reveals The emergence of Paranthropus robustus happened around...

Two winged dinosaur species that lived 160 million years ago went extinct because they could only glide and were incapable of powered flight  Yi and Ambopteryx are two types of dinosaur discovered in...

Tiny flatworm that has evolved to survive in different sea water conditions in just 100 years provides some of first living proof that species can adapt to rapid climate change Researchers replicated...

Human teeth ‘first evolved 400million years ago’ in a bizarre armoured fish, X-ray analysis reveals Fossilised fish teeth are so similar to ours that they’re our very distant ancestors Acanthothoracids...

First four-legged vertebrates to leave the oceans may have evolved ribs to help them walk on land – which later enabled them to start drawing air into their lungs around 360 million years ago, study...

Men evolved bushy beards to soften the impact of punches and protect their jaws, study suggests Scientists found that having a bushy beard softens impact by up to 37 per cent   Believe men may evolved...

Men really are ‘born ready’: The male body evolved as a specialised fighting WEAPON purpose-built by evolution to throw punches and beat up sexual rivals, study finds Men have evolved to be...

Origins of sign language revealed: Scientists claim all signing variations around the world evolved from just FIVE European sources Scientists analysed intricacies of 40 current and 36 historical sign...

Nocturnal animals first evolved to make vocal noises 200 million years ago so they could communicate with each other in the dark US and Chinese team traced evolution of vocal noise in terrestrial vertebrates They...

World’s biggest animals evolved to walk on their tiptoes because it allowed them to develop stronger legs and carry their enormous body weight Researchers from the University of Reading studied...

The fossil that shows how dinosaurs became BIRDS: New species called Xiyunykus and Bannykus are the first to evolve a single claw on each hand Newly-found species are an important step in the evolutionary...

From beach scenes in black and white to wartime tools of propaganda: Fascinating images reveal how the humble postcard has evolved since being introduced in the 19th century The postal firm gave publishers...

Evolution of testicles revealed: New type of DNA analysis shows how some mammals evolved to have the organs inside their bodies Experts had long argued over whether ascended or descended testes came first  Study...