DNA mutation rates are the deciding factor in the battle of the birds, which sees songbird species disproportionately outnumbering other bird orders, according to research from The Australian National University.
Genome sequencing of Australia's platypus, an animal so unusual it was thought to be a hoax when sent to Europe in the 18th century, has moved the evolution of sex determination in humans forward more than 160 million years.
Researchers studying the eyes of Australian bull ants have found the first evidence of adaptation of visual structures within a single species to distinct light intensities.
Rowena Martin from the RSB Division of Biomedical Science and Biochemistry is a finalist in the Eureka Prize category for Early Career Research. Rowena’s nomination is based on her work on understanding the mechanism of drug resistance in the malaria parasite.
By Anna Salleh for ABC Science Online.
Male fiddler crabs spy on their competitors to work out when a potential female mate is around, Australian researchers have found.
Their findings are reported today in Biology Letters.
Tom Bennett has received top marks in studies of evolution and advanced genetics at ANU, and has already been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in the US, which is no mean feat for an honours student.