News on the development of life
Studying the body’s defence against bacteria’s arsenal
30 januari 2023
What can we learn from studying the behaviour of bacteria in the gut? In Mikael Sellin's lab, scientists have grown intestines and managed to film ...
The Nobel laureates visit Uppsala
02 december 2022
Philosophical discussions, lectures on groundbreaking discoveries and the chance to see the celebrities of science in real life. Uppsala University...
Old World flycatchers’ family tree mapped
24 november 2022
The European robin’s closest relatives are found in tropical Africa. The European robin is therefore not closely related to the Japanese robin, des...
Large predatory dinosaurs discovered in Skåne
13 oktober 2022
Roughly 200-million-year-old footprints of large predatory dinosaurs, along with the skeletons of other dinosaurs, animals and plant fossils, have ...
Collaborating to build museums in developing countries
06 oktober 2022
Many valuable fossils never become known to science. They either remain in the earth or find their way into private collections. These fossils coul...
Uppsala alumnus Svante Pääbo wins Nobel Prize in medicine
03 oktober 2022
Svante Pääbo, who received his doctorate from Uppsala University in 1986, has been awarded this year’s Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine “for h...
The world’s oldest heart found in a placoderm
30 september 2022
Most researchers can only guess how animals that lived hundreds of millions of years ago were built internally, given that internal organs disinteg...
Uppsala expedition to Greenland makes spectacular fossil discovery
28 september 2022
Following an exceptionally successful scientific expedition to Greenland, more than 200 kg of fossil material is on its way back to Uppsala. “The d...
Hundreds of large habitat shifts have shaped life on Earth today
05 augusti 2022
An international team led by Uppsala University researchers has uncovered that eukaryotes (organisms with a cellular nucleus) have made hundreds of...
The reign of the dinosaurs ended in spring
25 februari 2022
The asteroid which killed nearly all of the dinosaurs struck Earth during springtime. This conclusion was drawn by an international team of researc...
Paco Cardenas: Looking for the future of pharmacy among the planet's first animals
16 februari 2022
For thousands of years, man has explored the earth to find new tools for health care. When climate change suddenly threatens to eliminate entire ec...
Ancestors of legionella bacteria infected cells two billion years ago
16 februari 2022
Researchers at Uppsala University have discovered that the ancestors of legionella bacteria infected eukaryotic cells as early as two billion years...
Why did ocean productivity decline 4.6 million years ago?
21 januari 2022
By drilling deep down into sediments on the ocean floor researchers can travel back in time. A research team led from Uppsala University now presen...
Previously unknown dinosaur habitat found in Poland
13 januari 2022
In summer 2021, in an opencast clay mine in Borkowice, Poland, researchers found what may be Europe’s largest array of dinosaur tracks. Several hun...
Quest for Central Asia’s first hominins
19 november 2021
Primitive stone tools made hundreds of millennia ago have been found on the windswept loess plateaux of Tajikistan. How old are they? What species ...
Why some Darwin’s finch nestlings have yellow beaks
27 oktober 2021
Carotenoids are the underlying pigment for much of the enormous variety in color found across birds and form the basis for the colors red, yellow, ...
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...