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Stories by Emily Singer

Mongrel Microbe Tests Story of Complex Life

A newly discovered class of microbe could help to resolve one of the biggest and most controversial mysteries in evolution—how simple microbes transformed into the complex cells that produced animals, plants and fungi

November 30, 2015 — Emily Singer and Quanta Magazine

How Dinosaurs Shrank and Became Birds

Modern birds appeared to emerge in a snap of evolutionary time. But new research illuminates the long series of evolutionary changes that made the transformation possible

June 12, 2015 — Emily Singer and Quanta Magazine
A Missing Genetic Link in Human Evolution

A Missing Genetic Link in Human Evolution

Mysterious episodes of genetic duplication in our great ape ancestors may have paved the way for human evolution

January 6, 2014 — Emily Singer and Quanta Magazine

In Natural Networks, Strength in Loops

In the complex architecture that ferries fluids in plants and brains, scientists are finding a model of resilience

August 20, 2013 — Emily Singer and Quanta Magazine

Tiny Genomes May Offer Clues to First Plants and Animals

Symbiotic bacteria that dwell within insect cells are intricately intertwined with their hosts, prompting scientists to question when these bacteria stop being bona fide organisms and become part of the cell

June 24, 2013 — Emily Singer and Quanta Magazine