Three-dimensional fossil algae more than 541 million years old reveal a modern-looking ancestry of the plant kingdom

Reconstruction of a cross-section through Protocodium sinense, showing likeness to modern Codium. Credit: Shu Chai Paleontologists have identified a new genus and species of algae called Protocodium sinense that predates the origin of land plants and modern animals and provides new insight into the early diversification of the plant kingdom. Discovered at a site in … Read more

Head, body, eye coordination conserved across animal kingdom, researchers find

Researchers suspended a fruit fly from a pin and magnet and projected footage of what the insect would see while in flight on LED screens, which caused it to move as if freely flying. In doing so, they were able to track the fly’s head and body movements in response to fast and slow stimuli. … Read more