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Butterflies and plants evolved in sync, but moth ‘ears’ predated bats

A new study cross-examines classic hypotheses about the coevolution of butterflies with flowering plants and moths with bats, their key predators. The findings show flowering plants did drive much of these insects’ diversity, but in a surprise twist, multiple moth … Continue reading

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Bats harbor a gene swiped from an ancient Ebola-like virus — here’s how they may use it

Some 18 million years ago, an ancestor of mouse-eared bats ‘stole’ genetic material from an ancient virus related to Ebola. The swiped genetic sequence — a gene called VP35 — has remained largely intact in the bats despite the passage … Continue reading

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