Evolution works very slowly—except when it doesn’t. New research shows that certain British birds appear to be changing quickly as result of bird feeders, evolving longer beaks to help them access the food inside.
Behold Scutisorex thori, a newly discovered species of hero shrew that has evolved an interlocking and extended vertebral column that gives it some remarkable superpowers.
If you compare a modern cotton crop with one grown 1,600 years ago, the DNA of the two look almost nothing alike. It’s the first known example in domesticated crops of a supercharged evolutionary phenomenon known as punctuated equilibrium.