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Planet of the apes

Stephen Cave - Financial Times - 21 August 2012 Comments

What we really know about our evolutionary past – and what we don’t E volving: The Human Effect and Why it Matters , by Daniel J Fairbanks, Prometheus Books, RRP£16.99/$19, 352 pages ...

TAGGED: BOOKS, EVOLUTION, REVIEWS

WALK DARWIN’S TREE OF LIFE ~ 25 - 26 AUGUST 2012

- - Ancestors Trail Walk - 19 August 2012 Comments

The Ancestor’s Trail is a walking event combining hill walking, science and music. We invite you to join us on this ‘biological pilgrimage’ celebrating our shared origins with all life on Earth....

TAGGED: DARWIN, EVOLUTION, RICHARD DAWKINS, SPEECHES

Astrophysicists simulate 14 billion years of cosmic evolution in high resolution

Liat Clark - Wired.co.uk - 17 August 2012 Comments

This computer animation, created using new software called Arepo, simulates 9 billion years of cosmic history. Arepo can accurately follow the birth and evolution of thousands of galaxies over...

TAGGED: EVOLUTION, SPACE

Study casts doubt on human-Neanderthal interbreeding theory

Alok Jha - The Guardian - 14 August 2012 Comments

A model of a Neanderthal man in a German museum. Photograph: Jochen Tack/Alamy When scientists discovered a few years ago that modern humans shared swaths of DNA with long-extinct Neanderthals,...

TAGGED: EVOLUTION

Why do organisms build tissues they seemingly never use?

- - Science Blog - 13 August 2012 Comments

Why, after millions of years of evolution, do organisms build structures that seemingly serve no purpose? A study conducted at Michigan State University and published in the current issue of The...

TAGGED: BIOLOGY, EVOLUTION

New flat-faced human species possibly discovered

Charles Choi - CBS News - 12 August 2012 Comments

Thanks to rod-the-farmer for the link Four decades ago, in 1972, the Koobi Fora Research Project (KFRP) discovered the enigmatic fossilized skull known as KNM-ER 1470, or "1470" for short,...

TAGGED: BIOLOGY, EVOLUTION

How Did Insect Metamorphosis Evolve?

Ferris Jabr - Scientific American - 11 August 2012 Comments

The evolution of metamorphosis remains somewhat mysterious, but biologists have gathered enough evidence to plausibly explain its origins In the 1830s a German naturalist named Renous was...

TAGGED: EVOLUTION

Paddlefish's Doubled Genome May Question Theories On Limb Evolution

-- - Science Daily - 08 August 2012 Comments

Thanks to rod-the-farmer for the link The American paddlefish -- known for its bizarre, protruding snout and eggs harvested for caviar -- duplicated its entire genome about 42 million...

TAGGED: BIOLOGY, EVOLUTION

Bacteria transform the closest living relatives of animals from single cells into colonies

Ed Yong - Discover Magazine Blogs - 07 August 2012 Comments

In Nicole King’s lab, a bacterium is making a group of tiny cells stick together. That might seem a little humdrum for a group whose members can build electric grids, create snow, and cripple...

TAGGED: BIOLOGY, EVOLUTION

The Laryngeal Nerve of the Giraffe is Proof of Natural Selection

- - Channel 4 (via GrrlScientist 2010) - 03 August 2012 Comments

This was previously posted in 2010 on rd.net. It's discussed in detail in both The Greatest Show on Earth and in Jerry Coyne's Why Evolution is True and is certainly worth watching - or watching...

TAGGED: EVOLUTION, RICHARD DAWKINS, SCIENCE

Beak Heat: Evolutionary Theory of Bird Bills May Need Revision

Sarah Fecht - Scientific American - 02 August 2012 Comments

A finch's beak evolves according to the size and shape of available seeds. That conventional wisdom is one of the most accepted facts in science—it has been proved again and again in research that...

TAGGED: EVOLUTION

First Prehistoric Snake Slithered Out on Land–Not at Sea

Katherine Harmon - Scientific American - 27 July 2012 Comments

Lizard jaw, Coniophis jaw and a snake jaw; courtesy of Nick Longrich Sorry, sea serpents. Snakes, it seems, slithered off their lizard legs on land. A new analysis of a primitive snake fossil...

TAGGED: BIOLOGY, EVOLUTION

Superfast evolution in sea stars

-- - UC Davis News - 26 July 2012 Comments

The sea stars Cryptasterina hystera and C. pentagona are close relatives with very different ways of reproducing but difficult to tell apart. A new study shows the species separated just a few...

TAGGED: BIOLOGY, EVOLUTION

Evolutionary leap over 500 million years ago gives new insights into human diseases

S Hussain - University of Dundee - 26 July 2012 Comments

An evolutionary leap made at the bottom of the ocean over 500 million years ago gives new insights into the causes of human diseases such as diabetes, cancer and neurological disorders, according to...

TAGGED: BIOLOGY, EVOLUTION

The Mystery of the Missing Chromosome

Carl Zimmer - Discover Magazine Blogs - 21 July 2012 Comments

There’s something fascinating about our chromosomes. We have 23 pairs. Chimpanzees and gorillas, our closest living relatives, have 24. If you come to these facts cold, you might think this...

TAGGED: BIOLOGY, EVOLUTION

Free online course: Introduction to Genetics and Evolution

Dr. Mohamed Noor - Duke University - 20 July 2012 Comments

About the Course Introduction to Genetics and Evolution gives interested people a very basic overview of the principles behind these very fundamental areas of biology. We often hear about new...

TAGGED: BIOLOGY, EDUCATION, EVOLUTION

What’s the problem with unguided evolution?

Jerry Coyne - Why Evolution Is True - 17 July 2012 Comments

Not to beat a dead horse (I think it’s still alive), but I vehemently oppose those evolutionists and accommodationists who won’t affirm that evolution is unguided and purposeless (in the sense of...

TAGGED: EVOLUTION

Meme theory: Do we come up with ideas or do they, in fact, control us?

Jonnie Hughes - The Independent - 14 July 2012 Comments

Mankind's greatest inventions are all the result of individual flashes of inspiration – or are they? Jonnie Hughes argues that, instead, ideas are subject to evolutionary principles, and we humans...

TAGGED: BEHAVIOR, EVOLUTION

Pinker's Reply on Group Selection

Steven Pinker & Richard Dawkins - The Edge - 13 July 2012 Comments

We previously linked to Steven Pinker's excellent essay on John Brockman's EDGE site, about The False Allure of Group Selection. It elicited about 20 replies from those invited to do so by John...

TAGGED: BEHAVIOR, EVOLUTION, RICHARD DAWKINS

Early Human Ancestor, Australopithecus sediba, Fossils Discovered in Rock

- - ScienceDaily - 13 July 2012 Comments

This is the tooth of a hominid embedded in a rock containing significant parts of a skeleton of an early human ancestor. The skeleton is believed to be the remains of "Karabo", the type skeleton of...

TAGGED: EVOLUTION, PALEONTOLOGY