Speeding natural selection in the name of conservation
University of Melbourne scientists are using breeding to genetically adapt quolls to resist toxic cane toads – if it works it may help other endangered species
The legacy of a great scientific hoax
The University of Melbourne's anatomy museum features model fossils from the famous Piltdown Man hoax, which skewed the study of human evolution for decades.
It’s not just antenna size, but scales that matter for lonely male moths
University of Melbourne research finds some male moths have evolved intricate scale arrangements on their antennae to enhance detection of female sex pheromones
Genes don’t always dictate that ‘boys will be boys’
New University of Melbourne evolutionary biology research finds that genes don't always dictate that 'boys will be boys' in the animal world, just like humans.
Darwin was right: Females prefer sex with good listeners
University of Melbourne researchers prove one of Charles Darwin's theories about sexual selection; in moths - larger antennae can better detect female signals.
Forty per cent banana, ninety nine per cent bonobo
Miegunyah Fellow at the University of Melbourne, Professor Bernard Wood, discusses our close cousins, the great apes, and ponders who our ancestors really are.
Lizards keep it local when it comes to colour change
Bearded dragons are better at adapting to colours in their local environment than unfamiliar colours, but they will still have a go at finding a new one.
Goosebumps can give us more than the shivers
Goosebumps are not just your body's way of reacting to emotion. They could hold the key to stopping skin cancer, treating burns and even curing baldness.
The necessity of kindness
Evolutionary biologist Professor Lee Dugatkin talks to the University of Melbourne's Up Close podcast about altruistic behaviour in insects, animals and beyond.
Some newborns hit the ground running – and why others don’t
Giraffes start running with the herd the same day they are born but humans can take a year or more just to start walking. The answer is economic.