Archive for the ‘Milner Centre for Evolution’ Category

Scientists find the first bird beak

A rare fossil from an early bird gives a unique insight into how modern birds evolved

Single fathers in birds bring up young

A new study from the Milner Centre finds an imbalance of the sexes leads to single parenting in birds

Selene Fernandez-Valverde joins the Milner Centre

Selene Fernandez-Valverde has received a Royal Society Fellowship to work with the Milner Centre for Evolution for three years

The Milner Centre for Evolution project update

Welcome to the 15th monthly update aimed at keeping you up to speed on the new Milner Centre for Evolution Project

Sleepwalking into a mass extinction: The most biodiverse aquatic communities may be the most vulnerable to extinction

Species that live in symbiosis with others, which often occur in the most delicately balanced and threatened marine ecosystems such as coral reefs, are the slowest to recover their diversity if damaged, according to a team of scientists including researchers from the Milner Centre for Evolution at the University of Bath.

Rare fossils of new flying reptiles species

Dr Nick Longrich from the Milner Centre for Evolution discovers several new species of pterosaurs

Fossils found of giant flying creatures wiped out with the dinosaurs

Fossils of six new species of pterosaurs, giant flying reptiles that flew over the heads of the dinosaurs, have been discovered by a team of researchers led by the Milner Centre for Evolution at the University of Bath.

Evolution acceptance in children linked to aptitude, not belief

In contrast to adults, acceptance of evolution in schoolchildren in the UK is linked to their scientific aptitude rather than conflicts with belief systems, say scientists at our Milner Centre for Evolution.

Wildlife conservation needs effective governance more than GDP or space

Protecting an area for wildlife can work—but only if there is robust political governance. That’s the research conclusion of twenty-three years of bird counting by an international team of researchers, including a scientist from the Milner Centre for Evolution at the University of Bath and published in the journal Nature.

Children visit to learn about evolution

The evolution workshop was held to celebrate the topping out of the new Milner Centre building

Children meet very hungry caterpillars to learn about evolution

More than 60 local children came to the Milner Centre for Evolution to meet creepy crawlies and learn how to use a microscope for an evolution workshop, held in celebration of the topping out of the new building for the Centre.

Dino-killing asteroid sped up bird evolution

The asteroid that killed the dinosaurs caused the evolution of birds to speed up, says a study co-authored by Dr Daniel Field at the Milner Centre for Evolution.

MRSA survival chances predicted by DNA sequencing the superbug

Scientists from our Milner Centre for Evolution have found that sequencing the DNA of the MRSA superbug can accurately identify patients most at risk of death.

First ever Festival of Nature Jurassic Road Show

Join experts from Milner Centre for Evolution at the University of Bath and BRLSI for Festival of Nature’s first ever Jurassic Road Show!

When estimating extinction risk, don’t leave out the males

Extinction risk for some species could be drastically underestimated because most demographic models of animal populations only analyse the number and fertility of females, dismissing male data as ‘noise’. Researchers from the Milner Centre for Evolution found that population growth in birds was very sensitive to the ratio of males to females in a population, which has previously been shown to affect mating behaviour.

Improve evolution education by teaching genetics first

Research from the Milner Centre for Evolution has demonstrated a simple cost-free way to significantly improve students’ understanding of evolution at secondary level: teach genetics before you teach them evolution.

“Last African dinosaur” discovered in Moroccan mine

One of the last dinosaurs living in Africa before their extinction 66 million years ago has been discovered in a phosphate mine in northern Morocco. A study of the fossil, led by the Milner Centre for Evolution, suggests that following the breakup of the supercontinent Gondwana in the middle of the Cretaceous period, a distinct dinosaur fauna evolved in Africa.

Matthew Wills: Is macroevolution predictable? 17 May

In his inaugural lecture as Professor of Evolutionary Palaeobiology, Matthew Wills will explore some possible answers to evolutionary questions.

Promiscuity slows down evolution of new species

Promiscuity mixes up the gene pool and dilutes genetic differences between populations, slowing down the evolution of new species, says new research by an international team led by the University’s Milner Centre for Evolution.

The Milner Centre for Evolution project update

A report on how the new build is progressing.