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Scientists devise new model for origins of Darwin's finches

Scientists devise new model for origins of Darwin's finches

Science
May 9 (UPI) -- New research offers the best explanation to date of the origins of Darwin's finches.The diversity of finches on the Galapagos Islands inspired Darwin's theory of natural selection and species divergence, central tenets of the naturalist's theory of evolution. But until now, scientists have struggled to determine where the finch species came from and how they got to the Pacific Islands.Darwin's finches include 15 passerine species. They belong to the tanager family and are not closely related to true finches.As part of the latest study, San Diego State University's Erik Funk and Kevin Burns built a complex statistical model to consider two competing hypotheses for the origins of Darwin's finches. Both models considered the Galapagos, South America and the Caribbean as the bir...
Feeling the cold? Olly Murs model ex suffers braless wardrobe malfunction

Feeling the cold? Olly Murs model ex suffers braless wardrobe malfunction

Entertainment
INSTAGRAMSTUNNER: Emma Conybeare strikes a pose for her fans Arriving at the Royal Albert Hall in South Kensington, the Capital Xtra DJ looked hotter than ever as she made her way up the red carpet.Despite the wet weather and plunging temperatures, Emma turned up the heat in a figure-hugging silver floor length gown.**OLLY MURS THE VOICE WARDROBE MALFUNCTION**Featuring multiple sheer sections, the dress allowed Emma to expose her gym-honed body as while keeping her modesty intact.However, not wanting to blend in with the rest of the guests, the fun-loving star flashed her perky booty as she twirled for a Boomerang clip on her Instagram.Not stopping there, Emma opted for style over practicality by ditching her bra.INSTAGRAMTRIM: Emma Conybeare shows off her slender figure on the red carpet ...
Model strips to underwear to show off stunning body – but fans can't BELIEVE her caption

Model strips to underwear to show off stunning body – but fans can't BELIEVE her caption

Entertainment
Kristina Mendonca boasts a whopping 443,000 followers on Instagram, largely due to her sizzling bikini pictures.But the bombshell’s latest clip is nothing short of baffling.It shows her walking towards her front door in a khaki-green two-piece.She then twirls around to show off her bum before striking her best poses.While the clip was understandably appreciated by fans, her caption to it is what got people talking.INSTAGRAMSAUCY: Kristina Mendonca stripped to her underwear for her dadThe stunner – who works for Viviens Modelling agency – wrote: “When someone knocks at the door and then I realise it’s dad.”Fans were quick to comment their thoughts on the confusing caption.“Wait, this caption doesn’t make sense?” one asked.Aussie bombshell Kristina Mendonca See the Aussie mode
New phagocytosis model predicts which cells can eat other cells

New phagocytosis model predicts which cells can eat other cells

Science
Feb. 20 (UPI) -- Scientists have designed a new model to identify which organisms are capable of consuming other cells through a process called phagocytosis.The research, detailed this week in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution, could help scientists more accurately simulate the evolution of early complex lifeforms.The earliest life forms on Earth were made up of prokaryotes, simple, single-celled organisms -- bacteria and archaea. More complex lifeforms, including animals, plants, fungi and protists, feature eukaryotic cells, larger cells with a variety of specialized components, including energy-producing organelles called mitochondria.But scientists have struggled to explain how eukaryotic cells evolved from prokaryotic cells. Some suggest the transformation was made possible by p...
Sanctuary on side of Mexican volcano could be universe model

Sanctuary on side of Mexican volcano could be universe model

Technology
Mexican archaeologists say they have excavated a stone sanctuary in a pond on the side of a volcano east of Mexico City that may have been built as a miniature model of the universe. The National Institute of Anthropology and History says the remnants of the stone "tetzacualco" were in the center of a natural pond below the Iztaccihuatl volcano at an elevation of nearly 13,000 feet. In addition to the sanctuary, decorative pieces associated with the rain god Tlaloc were found nearby. Archaeologist Iris del Rocio Hernandez Bautista says some Mesoamerican creation myths hold that the earth monster Cipactli floated on primeval waters and then split itself, thus creating the heavens and earth. She says the site at Nahualac could emulate that idea.Let's block ads! (Why?) ABC News: Technology