News on the development of life
The role of diet in the rise of modern shark communities
06 oktober 2021
The availability of prey and the ability to adapt to changing environments played key roles in the evolution of sharks. A new study, in which over ...
Honoured with his own midge species
05 oktober 2021
Hello to Per Alström, researcher at the Department of Ecology and Genetics. You’ve had a midge named after you. Congratulations! How come?
Looking for technosignatures from other civilisations
30 september 2021
Hello to Erik Zackrisson, Associate Professor (Docent) at the Department of Physics and Astronomy, whose research project consists in searching for...
Male Y chromosome causes sex differences in body size
24 augusti 2021
Females and males differ in many ways and yet they share the same genome. The only exception is the male Y chromosome. Using beetles as a study sys...
Philippine ethnic group has most Denisovan DNA
13 augusti 2021
The Philippine ethnic group Ayta Magbukon has the highest proportion of genes from our extinct relatives, the Denisovans, a new study led by Uppsal...
New beetle found in fossil faeces attributed to dinosaur ancestor
02 juli 2021
The tiny beetle Triamyxa coprolithica is the first-ever insect to be described from fossil faeces. The animal the researchers have to thank for the...
Males help keep populations genetically healthy
28 juni 2021
A few males are enough to fertilise all the females. The number of males therefore has little bearing on a population’s growth. However, they are i...
Complete DNA from a 35,000 years old woman sequenced
21 maj 2021
For the first time, researchers have successfully sequenced the entire genome from the skull of Peştera Muierii 1, a woman who lived in today’s Rom...
Molecular biologists travel back in time 3 billion years
30 april 2021
A research group working at Uppsala University has succeeded in studying ‘translation factors’ – important components of a cell’s protein synthesis...
Big ERC grant for research on the origin of land animals
22 april 2021
The European Research Council (ERC) has now distributed the grants in its 2020 ERC Advanced Grants call and Uppsala University is one of the recipi...
Genome sequencing reveals a new species of bumblebee
07 april 2021
While studying genetic diversity in bumblebees in the Rocky Mountains, USA, researchers from Uppsala University discovered a new species. They name...
Largest-ever DNA mapping study of the Philippines
24 mars 2021
Over 50 millennia, at least five major immigration waves have successively populated the Philippines, the most comprehensive survey of genetic vari...
New light shed on the early evolution of limb bone marrow
03 mars 2021
When and how bone marrow first originated in the limbs of early four-legged animals is disputed in evolutionary biology. With the help of powerful ...
Primitive fish fossils reveal developmental origins of teeth
18 december 2020
High-resolution X-ray imaging of primitive bony fish fossils reveal the developmental and evolutionary relationship between teeth and dermal odonto...
Working to reveal the secrets of the earliest animals
07 december 2020
About 580 million years ago, something happened that would change Earth forever. Complex life emerged and the first animals saw the light of day. W...
Swedish, Finnish and Russian wolves closely related
10 november 2020
The Scandinavian wolf originally came from Finland and Russia, and unlike many other European wolf populations its genetic constitution is virtuall...
Gene expression changes in the brain of tame domestic rabbits
03 november 2020
Behavioural differences between wild and domestic rabbits are striking as Charles Darwin described in "On the Origin of Species". An international ...
Large tides may have driven evolution of fish towards life on land
27 oktober 2020
Big tidal ranges some 400 million years ago may have initiated the evolution of bony fish and land vertebrates. This theory is now supported by res...
A tiny jaw from Greenland sheds light on the origin of complex teeth
14 oktober 2020
A team of scientists led from Uppsala University have described the earliest known example of dentary bone with two rows of cusps on molars and dou...
Two Uppsala researchers receive project grants from KAW
01 oktober 2020
Professors Lena Claesson-Welsh and Leif Andersson have received grants for research projects on the formation of blood and lymphatic vessels and on...